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Trustees Week 2-6 November

It’s Trustee Week 2-6 November and we would like to thank the many charity trustees throughout Northern Ireland for all they do.  Volunteer Now has a Board of very committed trustees and we are delighted to profile Martin McCarthy who has been with us for just over a year as a  member of  the Volunteer Now Finance Sub-Committee.

Martin McCarthy – Trustee

Martin is a Chartered Banker who worked for many years in AIB Group/ First Trust Bank, and more recently as NI Regional Manager for Charity Bank.

“Before joining the Board of Volunteer Now I was an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee.  I first met Denise Hayward when I was promoting Charity Bank at a Co3 Conference.  I had previously worked closely with the former Chair, Joe McVey, on the Board of Building Change Trust, and it was he who encouraged me to join Volunteer Now.  My Board activities all kicked off more than a decade ago on the back of corporate fundraising partnerships with a number of local charities.  Aside from that I am also a Primary School Governor.

Being a Charity Trustee has allowed me to learn a great deal, meet many impressive individuals and hopefully I can add something based on  my own experience and thinking.  A good Board should have a range of skills and backgrounds, should focus on high standards and shouldn’t be afraid to question the status quo.  Obviously they should be a strong support for the charity’s Chief Executive and their whole team.

The pandemic has added a number of complications and challenges for all charities which means that Trustees need to keep a close eye on any new risks which have presented themselves, while making sure that commitments are delivered on.  Zoom has been a very useful tool for keeping in touch, but I look forward to when we can gather again in person as a team.”

Interested in joining a Board or currently a Trustee?

Don’t miss a great opportunity to join this seminar which will highlight  – The Code of Good Governance in a virtual world.

Developing Governance Group members Claire O’Hare, Youth Work Alliance; Denise Hayward, Volunteer Now; and Denise Copeland, NICVA will be delivering this special seminar as part of Trustees’ Week.  It will cover the key principles in the Code of Good Governance and will include various examples of how to put the theory into practice, having regard in particular to the challenges of operating online and in a different environment.

Wednesday 4 November
4.30pm to 5.15pm

Register here: https://www.nicva.org/event/the-code-of-good-governance-in-a-virtual-world-trustees-week

Martin McCarthy (right) is joined by fellow Volunteer Now Trustees Ian Baxter-Crawford and Helen Connolly

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