King's College London's Board Bank programme is back for the fourth year running, connecting local organisations looking for trustees with the skills and experience of our students and staff.
Running throughout February, students and staff are invited to join Discover sessions where they will hear from experts, Getting on Board, about the role of a charity trustee, the skills they could develop and the difference they could make within our local communities.
There are some 100,000 trustee vacancies at any one time in the UK, yet 75% of all charities struggle to find board members. Developed in response to requests from local organisations to support them in recruiting trustees, Board Bank invites students and staff to learn more about trusteeship and potentially go on to be charity board members themselves.
Hundreds of students and staff across King's have joined the Board Bank programme. Anbreen Bi who is studying a masters in Psychiatric Research and Dr Amit Desai, Research Fellow in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, went onto become trustees in local charities.
I have never sat on a board and it is a great opportunity to learn more about finance, governance and build on existing skills like communication and teamwork that will support me in my future career. More than anything, I want to open the door for other people with my experiences to join a charity and make a real difference to people’s lives.– Anbreen Bi, MSc Psychiatric Research and student Board Bank participant
I joined the board of Carers’ Hub Lambeth in August 2019. I’ve been involved in putting together our 5-year strategy which has been a year-long process involving various research streams and a strategic consultancy which has been helping us pro bono. I’m also the Vice-Chair of the charity and the Safeguarding Lead.– Dr Amit Desai, Research Fellow, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, who took part in Board Bank in 2019.
If you're a local charity looking to recruit new trustees email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with the Board Bank team.