BWP Chair chosen by Cause 4 as Trustee of the Month!

Our incredible Chair, Rachel Riggs, was chosen by social enterprise (and one of the first certified B-Corporations in the UK), Cause 4, as their Trustee of the month for June 2021!

Rachel RiggsRachel said:

“Becoming Chair was a huge step and one that feels daunting but exciting at the same time, embracing a new role that I hadn’t undertaken before. I am privileged to be part of a great team of fellow trustees and staff in the organisation, and I enjoy seeing us all come together, and to help facilitate and collaborate in meeting our responsibilities and challenges. Nothing feels as good as teamwork when everyone rises to face the many and ever-changing situations together.

“I could not do this role without a truly inspiring, strong and super talented vice-chair, who has already taught me so much. We can exchange ideas, test our thinking and approaches whilst being a great source of support and comradeship.”

“Covid-19 led the charity to adapt quickly to find new ways of delivering critical services, changing to remote working, and thinking carefully about how to reach service users.

“I think one of the greatest challenges has been finding new ways to stay connected with each other… and support the staff teams who have been working very hard and often in very demanding circumstances… I am sure we aren’t the only ones reflecting now that hopefully all of this has made us more resilient for the future…”

Rachel’s advice for a prospective Trustee is:

“Be clear about your motivations and expectations and explore these in discussions with the charity. Ideally you may find it helpful to hear from the experiences of other trustees, undertake some shadowing opportunities if possible and maybe take a look at what resources are available”