I decided to apply for the trustee role at Focus Birmingham because I wanted to expand my understanding of leadership at a governance level in practice. It was a specific area of interest for me in my business studies. It was a perfect fit because the charity was looking for someone with marketing and fundraising skills and I had significant experience as a Head of Communications in the private sector and at the time I was a Philanthropy Manager for a local hospice.
Focus was looking to improve diversity, too. One of the many concerns for diversity on boards is the lack of young trustees.