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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