Trustee for Gordon Moody Association

Janine Edwards, Head of Consultancy and Development at the FSI is a Trustee for Gordon Moody Association.


When did you become a trustee?

I became a trustee in 2012

What does Gordon Moody Association do?

Gordon Moody Association is a charity that provides help and support to addicted and compulsive gamblers.  We provide a residential treatment service, and an outreach support programme to UK gamblers and online advice, information and support to gamblers outside the UK.

Why did you become a trustee?

There were a mix of motivations.  At the FSI I support lots of organisations with their governance and strategic development and it was important for me to understand Trusteeship and good governance in practice, not just in theory.  I also wanted to develop my skills and gain new experience to support my career development and taking on a Trustee role was a fantastic way to do this.  Finally I also had a personal interest in the work of the charity which led me to being a Trustee specifically for Gordon Moody Association.

How do you make sure you are being effective/ doing a good job – both individually and as a board?

We don’t have formal appraisals as such but the Chair does catch up more informally with individual Trustees.  Taking time out each year to think about the bigger picture as a Board team is really helpful, outside the regular Trustee meetings.  There’s also an element of personal reflection – did I prepare well enough for the meeting, did I contribute in a meaningful way, and did we keep focussed on governance and strategy within the meeting.

What’s been the best thing about being a trustee so far?

Seeing the organisation strengthen and develop over the past few years, both in terms of the organisation’s resilience and sustainability, and in terms of what we deliver – we have piloted an innovative women’s programme that uses a different treatment model than our core residential programme.  Of course this was achieved by an incredibly committed, passionate and skilled staff and volunteer team but as a Trustee you do have a sense of pride in being part of that.

What’s the hardest thing been?

Being an effective Trustee is much more than turning up to a meeting every couple of months!  This is really helped by my employer’s policy of matching staff volunteering time so that for every day annual leave I commit to my Trustee role, this is matched by my employer with another day.

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