Steve Marsden talks about the contribution he has made since becoming the treasurer of Home-Start Bury.
"As an experienced businessman I saw a charity treasurer role advertised by Reach that obviously played to my skills. But would it be a rewarding challenge, and was it able to offer me something new?
"Any concerns were soon dispelled. The team in place had coped reasonably well on its own for a couple of years, but quickly appreciated the reassurance and the steer I was able to give them.
"I set up and chaired a sub-group to develop a 3 year business plan, and a 1 year operational one. I’ve been asked to help with fundraising bids, and been called upon to offer advice on a range of issues facing the charity.
"It’s not all been a one-way process. Since joining the charity last year I’ve learned a lot about how third sector organisations cope in a tough economic climate. I’ve also been trained to understand how the local authority commissioning system for funding works.
"It’s been a genuinely rewarding experience, enhanced by my growing involvement with a charity I now feel passionate about. "
If your interest has been piqued, try some of the links on the right. Our resources for new trustees are linked, as well as a blog piece from Denise Fellows, CEO of the Honorary Treasurers Forum. You can also watch a video guide to trusteeship from Reach's former CEO Sarah King.
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