Why am I standing as Trustee now?
As a Member for over 20 years, I am standing now to answer a call for Trustees with fundraising experience. Currently, I have both sufficient time to dedicate and the skills and experience the Trustees requested. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and sit on of one of their committees. As a John Muir Trust Trustee, I would ensure that fundraising is a key component of future strategy.
I am a fundraising consultant, working with charities across the UK, helping them write compelling stories to secure funding to deliver their charitable objectives. I am a Trustee of a faith-based charity; sit on the strategic steering committee of a council music hub; and am Secretary to a small grant-giving trust. I can bring experience, expertise and contacts from a broad fundraising background to support John Muir Trust. I have run major events; stewardship events (such as a House of Lords reception); introduced new fundraising initiatives; and generated income from trusts and grants.
My love for the outdoors led to studying geology, with much fieldwork, as both student and leader. Afterwards I was a Senior Field Tutor on Arran, and then a geography teacher in Bristol. This early career enabled me to kindle a love for the outdoors in my students and certainly followed the Trust’s priority of ‘engaging more people with nature’. The Trust has a remit to protect wild land and has the expertise, passion and networks to make a real difference. As a Trustee I feel I can contribute to this through shaping the future direction and supporting and enabling the committed staff to achieve the Trust’s charitable objectives.
I am delighted and privileged to be proposed as a Trustee.
Will Williams; Andrew Whitfield; Kate Barclay; Philip Graves; Fergus Macbeth