I felt it a great privilege when I was invited to become a trustee in 1991 as it provided me with the emotional challenge of trying to ensure that others did not lose a loved one to blood cancer.
My membership of the Finance & General Purposes Committee over the last fifteen years has given me a very close insight into the management of the charity but also the challenge of clearly defining the difference between management and governance.
As well as my board role I have much enjoyed utilising my organisational abilities working with other volunteers and staff members with some major fundraising events including long distance charity walks, Bikeathons around the country and our flagship annual London Bikeathon. These bring the great pleasure of seeing people enjoying themselves whilst participating in worthwhile sponsored events.
Over the last seven years I have been privileged in my capacity as Vice Chairman to be working closely with our Chief Executive supporting her in the development of the Senior Management Team and the forward vision that this is producing. This is a role that requires challenge and mentoring, as well as an understanding ear.
Most importantly, I believe that my role as a Trustee is to play my part with as much commitment as possible towards beating blood cancer.