Board of Directors Trustees recruitment.
We are now recruiting Trustees to join our Board of Directors.
External volunteering vacancies:
- Trustees to join our Board of Directors
- Members to sit on our Board of Directors
Frequently asked questions
Last year 35 volunteers and five members of staff helped over 3,500 people in Dunstable and the surrounding areas with over 10,800 different issues, and demand for their advice and support, is greater than ever.
If you’re interested in joining us as a Trustee, we have put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which we hope will be helpful. If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Judy Atkinson, Chief Officer Manager@dunstablecab.org.uk or phoning 01582 670003
So what is a Trustee?
In simple terms, we oversee and support the day to day work of the Chief Officer and her team, a bit like being a school governor. Trustees are members of the ‘Board’. The Board provides strategic leadership, ensuring our statutory duties are met, making sure our funding is put to good use and we meet the advice needs of our local communities.
Like other Citizens Advice offices around the UK, we are an independent charity and are members of Citizens Advice nationally.
What is the benefit to me?
As a Trustee you will be supporting the vital work of ‘advice and guidance giving’ to people belonging to our local communities. It is interesting and rewarding; also an opportunity to gain useful experience which might be helpful for your own career progression.
Do you get paid?
No, as Trustees we are all volunteers. If we incur any expenses in our work (e.g. travelling to a meeting or training event) the costs can be reimbursed so nobody is out-of-pocket.
What is the time commitment?
We normally meet five to six times a year and each meeting lasts 2-3 hours. We generally meet late afternoon but this can be flexible.
Trustees generally take an interest, or responsibility, for some aspect of our work and this can add extra time (maybe 1-2 days a month) but there’s no ‘hard and fast’ rule.
What skills or qualifications are needed?
There’s nothing specific, although all Trustees need to have an empathy and support the work of Citizens Advice, along with our responsibilities.
We are particularly hoping to hear from local people. If you have an interest in our work or particular skills such as financial, legal, human resources or an understanding of disadvantaged groups, please get in touch.
At the time of writing, the current Trustees are all of retirement age and we would be delighted to welcome a more mixed age group of new Trustees!
What training is available?
One of our existing Trustees will support you through an induction process and you will have the opportunity to shadow some of our advisers to see the work being carried out. You will also be invited to a Board meeting to get a feel for how we work.
Is there any ‘small print’?
Trustees are also Directors of the charity and we check any prospective Trustees aren’t disqualified by Companies House. Other than that, there’s nothing to worry about.
Who are the existing Trustees?
Ann Harris, Chair of the Board, previously from the Civil Service. Ann lives locally, enjoys her garden, Pilates and walking on the Downs.
Anne Fowler Vice chair of the Board and mentor to new trustees; former deputy head teacher of a local primary school. Anne lives locally, enjoys gardening when the weather is fine, going to the theatre, restaurants and going on holiday.
Ian Coulter a local business owner, having lived in Dunstable for 30 years and has been with us for 20 years. Ian serves as a trustee with two other local charities and is a member of the Rotary Club. He is also an Independent Custody Visitor.
Peter Syred is an Automotive Design Engineer. He is our newest Board member, enjoys socialising, the theatre and watching fish in his pond.
Chris Nevard is a Chartered Accountant and has held voluntary roles since 2011, both on this Board and as a Parish Councillor in Edlesborough. His interest in Citizens Advice is to help give people more control over their lives. His other interests include playing tennis, going out and shouting at the TV during the news.
David Hornby, Treasurer, a Chartered Civil Engineer with a career in railway engineering and project management. He maintains his interest in railways as a volunteer at the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway and enjoys local history.
Doug Hook a long career in Justice and Local Government. He lives locally, likes nice coffee, a terrible cyclist, enjoys running and is trying to improve his artistic skills having failed his O’Level Art at school.
For more information about the Trustee role please contact our Chief Officer via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: Reception Line: 01582 670003 and ask for the Chief Officer.