This week is Trustees' Week and we have interviewed some members of our Board of Trustees to show the important work they do as volunteers, and to thank them for their contribution.

The first of our three interviews is with Ian Black, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Q: What attracted you to become a trustee for Family Fund? How long have you sat on the board?

A: I have a disabled son, Owain, and I’ve seen a number of families struggling while bringing up disabled children, so really that was my reason for wanting to be involved with Family Fund, as I have a personal connection to the charity’s work. I’ve sat on the board since June 2012, and I’m currently half way through my second term as Chair, which ends in June 2018.

Q: Do you do any volunteering, or are you involved with any other charities?

A: Yes, I used to be the Chair, Treasurer and a trustee of Scope, but that finished in 2013, and I am also a trustee of an NHS Mental Health charitable foundation. I volunteer as a rider for an organisation called Whiteknights, who deliver blood, plasma and tissue samples out of hours within the NHS on motorbikes. We’re based in Yorkshire, but we have links to the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about being a Trustee?

A: Since I’ve been Chair, I’ve chaired recruitment panels for the Chief Executive and all the current trustees. I’ve been so impressed with the calibre of candidates who put themselves forward, and having the opportunity to meet such interesting people. The same goes for the staff at Family Fund; I am continuously impressed by their commitment and passion for our work.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a trustee?

A: I’d give three main pieces of advice. Number one is that having a personal connection or commitment to that charity is enormously important, it has to be a cause that you really believe in. Secondly, it’s so important to make sure you have sufficient time. The role of a trustee is so much more than just turning up to Board meetings. And finally, don’t be put off by the media, do it, its hugely rewarding!

Are you interested in becoming a trustee?  Family Fund is recruiting, find out more on how you can help change the lives of disabled children, young people and their families.