Become a Trustee

Trustees and Staff Planning for the Future

Trustees and Staff Planning for the Future

Becoming a trustee can be a fulfilling and enriching experience for you and the service users of the Watford African Caribbean Association (“WACAS”). By becoming a trustee you can help make a positive difference to your own life and the lives of others.

What is a trustee?

A trustee is a member of a group of people – the board of trustees – who have ultimate responsibility for the running and management of WACAS.  Trustees take overall legal responsibility for the financial security, governance and transparency of WACAS and must act in its best interest.

Who can be a trustee of WACAS?

  • Trustees are unpaid volunteers and members of the Association. They are nominated at the Annual General Meeting
  • Trustees are over the age 18, of good character and have no criminal record
  • Trustees typically can spare a few hours each week to attend meetings, undertake or scrutinise research, be willing to go through relevant training, learn new skills, provide leadership to staff, members and volunteers, be advocates for WACAS

What do trustees do?

Trustees have a wide range of roles including but are not limited to Health & Safety, Personnel Management, Fundraising, Insurance, Risk Management, Policy Making, Information Technology, Public Relations and Authorising Contracts. At times, trustees may be required to “muck-in” at an operational level. However, in essence, trustees have a duty of care, compliance and prudence in delivering the aims of WACAS.

What are the rewards?

Being a Trustee can be challenging, but it is also very rewarding, giving many chances for personal development and the opportunity to give something back to the community. Trustees can access training and support through WACAS and there are occasions to network with local business leaders, charities, councillors, schools and other organisations in and around Watford – not to mention making new friends.

What next?

To discover more, please contact Clive Saunders, clive@wacas.org.uk, call 07801 947204 or Download the Being a Trustee document