Becoming a trustee: How to join a charity board (session one)

Becoming a trustee: How to join a charity board (session one)

Date: Thursday 08 October 2020, 11.00AM
Location: Online
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We are hosting a two-part webinar for RSS fellows who want to find out more about becoming a trustee. We will cover the role of charity trustees, common misconceptions and how to find and apply for a position on a charity board.

In this session, we will explore all you need to know about becoming a charity trustee:

•    The Trusteeship Myths
This covers what the role is, time commitment, liability, background on the charity sector, diversity on boards and benefits of becoming a trustee

•    Panel discussion and Q&A
We will discuss why it is important for statisticians to join charity boards and hear from RSS fellows about their experiences of being on charity boards.

Led by delivered by Getting on Board, a national trustee recruitment charity, this session is open to RSS fellows at any stage in their career, whether early career or retired, and all professional backgrounds and skillsets.

After registering, why not book your place on the next session  where we will cover how to find and apply for a trustee position on a charity board.

 This event will be hosted live on Zoom. Joining instructions will be sent to those registered nearer the time.


Alison Macfarlane worked as a statistician in agricultural research, transportation studies, the health effects of air pollution and child health until she joined the newly established National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in 1978 to do research on maternity care. In 2001 she was appointed Professor of Perinatal Health at City, University of London and since retiring in 2011, she has continued to do research part time. Her research has focused particularly on settings for birth, health inequalities, migrant health, international comparisons and multiple births. Recent research includes a series of projects to link and analyse data recorded at birth with children’s subsequent hospital admissions and a project to estimate the prevalence of female genital mutilation among migrants to England and Wales. She is a member of the board of Maternity Action and was a trustee of its predecessor organisation, Maternity Alliance, for many years.

Peter Lane is retired although still has business interests. He graduated as a chemist but became a statistician working in operational and market research for Unilever and marketing for Diageo. He was part of various small consulting firms for over twenty years specialising in drinks and hospitality. Charitably he was involved with the Deaf community for thirty years and was chair of the Deaf Studies Trust for 18 years.

Ellie Harding has been a Trustee at Quakers in Britain for nearly 2 years and is the London Ambassador for the Young Trustee Movement. Day to day she is a civil servant on the fast stream and has just moved from the Department of Work and Pensions to Department of Health and Social Care. Outside work Ellie loves being near the beach in Scotland or watching a good Netflix documentary.
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Organiser Name Amaka Nwagbara

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