So let's start with the basics Sophie, what is a trustee?A trustee is a person that plays a key role in helping charities deliver against their mission and objectives. They're often voluntary and are working with charities they're really passionate about. There's over 1 million of us across the UK!
That's absolutely amazing! I'm interested to know what drove you to get involved with Heart UK?I knew I wanted to give back to a cause that's important to me and I found that being a trustee also gives me the opportunity to get involved in so many exciting projects outside of my day job.
Heart UK have a mission to prevent early disease and deaths from cholesterol and other blood fat conditions in the UK. Currently 25% of UK deaths are attributed to cardiovascular disease, primary heart disease and strokes.
Heart UK are working to promote encourage people to take action about their cholesterol levels. They provide expert support for patients, educate the UK about the importance of understanding your cholesterol levels and are also working to increase the number of people in the UK with inherited conditions (such as Familial hypercholesterolaemia) that can lead to high cholesterol levels.
What would you say to somebody who was thinking of becoming a charity trustee?Becoming a trustee is a great way to make a difference to your local community or society as a whole. Through your career or personal experiences, you'll have picked up key skills that will make you incredibly useful for a role as a trustee for a charity.
Trustees are chosen for their skills, especially if they can contribute to the strategy development of the charity. The diversity amongst boards of trustees in the UK is growing as new challenges arise and a broader skillset is needed.
If you have a desire to put your time and effort to a good cause that's close to your heart, now might be the time!