The week has been established to celebrate all things trustee-related, highlighting the great work that trustees do, and to draw attention to the opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a real difference.
There are just over 180,000 charities in England and Wales registered with the Charity Commission, and perhaps another 80,000 that do not have to register, (usually because they are too small). These charities are all different, but one thing they have in common is their reliance on trustees.
Amazingly, there are estimated to be over 1,000,000 trustee positions in England and Wales and almost half of all charities is thought to have at least one vacancy for their board at any given time.
Back Up too wouldn’t be able to survive without it’s dedicated trustee board, which brings together people from all round the country, with different skills, some with a spinal cord injury and some not.
Stephen Lightbown, is one of our current trustees. He joined Back Up in 2011 and brings experience in the health service and PR and Communications from his ‘day job’, working within NHS. A staunch advocate of improving the rights and lives of people who have been spinally injured, Stephen is incredibly proud to be a part of Back Up. Stephen was himself spinally injured in 1996 following a sledging accident near his home town of Blackburn, Lancashire.
In the coming few months, Back Up will be looking to expand it’s trustee board and will be especially keen to hear from candidates who are able to think strategically, creatively and for the long-term, as well as having a strong commitment, of course, to the charity’s aims and values. Applications from anyone from a spinal cord injury rehabilitation background would also be particularly welcomed.
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