As we approach the end of Trustees Week 2017, I thought it would be apt to share some of my Trustee experiences.
I’m a Trustee of two charities, one local to Oxfordshire, Radio Cherwell and one national charity, the Hospital Broadcasting Association.
Locally, I have been involved in Radio Cherwell since 2006 presenting various programmes. I then took on the role of Programme Controller to help steer the station’s schedule and with that role, came a Trusteeship. Now as a Trustee and the stations Publicity & Marketing Officer, I feel I can make a real impact into the future of the station locally, including ensuring we’re meeting our charitable objectives and the needs of our listeners.
We are beginning to look again at the five year plan for the station and working with organisations close to us on ensuring we’re meeting their needs too, including the NHS trust we serve. It’s a challenging time for Hospital Radio across the country and the pressures on the NHS are felt across our way too. They’re trying to save money, so we have to fight for our existence. But as a Trustee, it’s a fight I’m passionate about, which is why I became a Trustee on a local level.
Nationally I am also a trustee at the Hospital Broadcasting Association, a charity that looks after 200+ hospital radio stations across the UK. We offer advice, support, events, awards, conferences and training to our member stations, and promote hospital radio and broadcasting on a much larger scale.
This is even more rewarding as I can make a real difference nationally and ensure the benefits of hospital broadcasting are known to those in Government. For the HBA, my role as a Trustee is similar to that of Radio Cherwell, it’s about ensuring we’re sticking to our charitable objectives but equally supporting our member stations and engaging with our own volunteers. I play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the charity – as we see hospital radio stations become Community radio stations with a health and wellbeing output, it’s clear the direction of hospital radio is changing, thus needs will be different.
It’s sometimes challenging and I have to ask awkward questions to others and it may be full of paperwork, but it’s rewarding to know I’m making a difference, no matter how big or small and at both a local and national level.
I’m the youngest Trustee on both boards I sit on – so if you think you’ve got what it takes, I recommend visiting this website to find out more about what it takes to be a Trustee.
You can find out more about my Trustee work here.