A relationship built on trust

This Trustee’s Week, we want to thank our Board of Management for their amazing commitment to Children 1st.

Thank you

A clue about the role of a trustee can be found in the name: trust. As a national organisation supporting thousands of children and families each year, we put a huge amount of trust in our board members to ensure robust governance is in place. Their role includes scrutiny of our finances, setting the strategy for the organisation and reviewing the work of, and making decisions about, our service delivery. Their interest and robust scrutiny ensure the charity runs efficiently and effectively, and importantly that we meet the standards set by OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator. 

The trustee role is voluntary and we are incredibly fortunate to have a Board of Management that is so dedicated, engaged and skilled. Our trustees regularly give time over and above the attendance of regular Board meetings, and last year contributed nearly 600 hours to the organisation. Many of our trustees provide expert advice. We have benefited from digital expertise, knowledge of pensions legislation and of course finances, while others use their skills to take a lead on the governance committees we have in place. In addition, some give regular extra time to support our work including policy and fundraising.

Alison Todd, our Chief Executive, said: "We are so lucky to have such a committed and skilled group of Trustees who are able to challenge and support in equal measure, and most importantly it is evident from their feedback from service visits that they fully support our work and value the staff at Children 1st.

"Quite simply, Children 1st would not be able to support so many of Scotland’s children and families without having such fantastic trustees. They are the backbone of the organisation, and we want to thank them again for their ongoing contribution."