Geoff Urwin has been involved with the charity since 2002 and is the current Chair of Trustees. Originally from Newcastle, Geoff has lived in Cheshire for the past 42 years spending stints in Oxford and London beforehand. Geoff is married, has three children and four grown- up grand children. His past work roles include Chartered Engineer, Personnel & Development Manager, Director and Company Secretary across a number of industries – Defence, Electrical, Motor Vehicles and Gas. His hobbies include contributing to community affairs, walking, cycling although nowadays he looks back fondly at fitter excursions – such as getting to the top of Lake District hills.
Robert Bradley – YMCA President. Bob is a founder member of the YMCA, he has overseen all building construction and is active in the community with other groups and is able to offer advice on new initiatives happening in the community.
Former Saint Helens College Childcare Lecturer Winnie Burns has been on the board for 17 years. She used to do classroom observations and inspection of our nursery was her first connection to our site. Winnie thinks the board exists as a good interaction of like-minded people offering varied perspectives. Winnie also enjoys being part of U3A in her role of registration, meeting and greeting members and running groups. She also keeps busy fundraising for Scouts.
Qualified accountant Kevin Parr joined us in July 2018 and brings a wealth of finance business experience to our board. His strength lies in strategic business process transformation.
Vicky Johnson is our newest board member. Vicky is a retired housing professional, grassroots football volunteer and a busy grandma. Vicky held managing roles within Wigan Council, Wigan & Leigh Housing, Housemark as well being Managing Director of LV Enterprise. She is passionate about community and social justice and brings a wealth of experience – both professionally and as a committed volunteer – to the board.
William Tollet – Treasurer. Bill is a retired Accountant, and as signatory for cheques and expenses, attends weekly to discuss with managers purchasing and payments.
All registered charities in the UK are required to have trustees – volunteers who share the ultimate legal responsibility for the organisation. Anyone can be a charity trustee, although it is unusual for trustees to be under-18.
What do trustees do?
While it’s easy to explain the basic role of a trustee – setting strategy and making sure that the charity’s funds are effectively and appropriately spent – the precise nature of the work will vary between organisations.
You will be expected to come to meetings every month, and read the relevant paperwork beforehand. There might also be sub-committees and events.
The main roles for trustees include to:
1. Set and maintain vision, mission and values
2. Develop strategy
3. Establish and monitor policies
4. Set up employment procedures
5. Ensure compliance with governing document
6. Ensure accountability
7. Ensure compliance with the law
8. Maintain proper fiscal oversight
9. Select and support the chief executive
10. Respect the role of staff
11. Maintain effective board performance
12. Promote the organisation
What skills do we particularly require?
We would welcome Trustee applications for people with a Human Resource, Marketing or Fundraising background. If you are interested do not hesitate to contact us.