Become a Trustee of Bristol Mind

What is a Trustee?

Charity Trustees are the people who serve on the governing body of a charity. Trustees come from all walks of life, and are united in a desire to create positive change in society. Being a trustee is rewarding and enjoyable.  It is a great way to be involved in a community or cause which matters to you.

Being a trustee can expose you to new experiences and new groups of people.  It can present you with new challenges, constructive and exciting ones as well as some more difficult things to overcome.  You are part of a team as a trustee and will have the opportunity to add your unique skills and experience while learning from others too.

What does it involve?

Our Trustees are members of Bristol Mind’s governing body. They set out the strategic direction of the charity and work to ensure we’re well managed and meet our objectives. They are also responsible by law for our financial security and regulatory compliance. Bristol Mind’s trustees meet every month and discuss progress and issues with the Senior Management Team. Trustees will advise on areas where they have special expertise and may take the lead on resolving issues supported by a smaller group.

We’re looking for people who can:

  • Provide leadership to Bristol Mind drawing on their skills and experience,
  • Work effectively in a team and who feel comfortable making policy decisions,
  • Communicate effectively and are willing to challenge constructively,
  • Have a basic understanding how charities work and their finances,

Experience and diversity

We are looking to build a trustee group that is diverse in terms of gender, race, background and experience of mental health issues. We are urgently seeking volunteers who are Women, BAME or Service Users.

Trustee boards need people with a range of skills and experience. Clearly knowledge of the Mental Health sector is a key area of experience for Bristol Mind, however other skills that may be particularly helpful include management, finance and business, legal, public relations and fundraising.

How do I volunteer?

To find out about Trustee openings contact the chair: