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Being a Trustee for the Fishermen’s Mission
“Given the reliance that we, Whitby Seafoods, have on the fishing industry here in the UK and Northern Ireland, I felt a calling to try and assist the Fishermen’s Mission in any way I can.
Through my experience working for an industry leader in frozen seafood, I try to pass on the strategic and everyday knowledge I have gained to the Fishermen’s Mission’s Board, assisting in long and short term planning.
This can range from helping develop statistical analysis for board briefings to taking part in sub committees reviewing the procedures surrounding important matters such as Health & Safety and Recruitment.”
Edward Whittle, Business Development Director at Whitby Seafoods.
What does it mean to be a trustee for the Fishermen’s Mission
The Fishermen’s Mission is the only UK charity dedicated solely to providing emergency response, practical welfare and pastoral support to both active and retired commercial fishermen and their families in the British Isles. Commercial fishing remains the UK’s most dangerous occupation by some measure.
Last year we worked with around 8,000 fishermen and their families, accessing some £1.2m of financial assistance, raising and spending som £2.2m in providing our services and helping 54 fishermen following accidents or injuries at sea. In addition, working in partnership the charity delivered the first 12 months of a UK-wide programme ‘GetSeaFit’ to bring health and wellbeing services to the quayside with some 2,000 engagements, along with health and dental checks.
The charity is directed by a Board known as the Council of Management (or ‘Council’) consisting of up to 15 Trustees. Currently there are 10 Trustees with a variety of backgrounds and skills. The Fishermen’s Mission is an ‘incorporated charity’ which means it is a registered charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.
Council meets 4 times a year, during the day, mostly in London, with very occasional additional awaydays. The Trustees are responsible for providing the overall direction of the charity, as well as ensuring that the Chief Executive their team deliver the charity’s services efficiently, effectively and legally.
We need Trustees with a range of skills and different life experiences. Diversity is vital in making sure that decisions are made in the best interests of those the charity seeks to help.
The Trustees are all volunteers, although reasonable out of pocket expenses are covered. Induction and training are provided. New Trustees are teamed up with existing Trustees to act as a mentors. Being a Trustee with the Fishermen’s Mission is a great opportunity to make a real difference and learn new skills.
What We do?
The Fishermen’s Mission is the only fishermen’s charity that provides emergency support alongside practical, financial, spiritual and emotional care. We help all fishermen, active or retired, and their families. Our strong tradition and proud heritage has seen us stay true to our Christian calling for over 135 years. Read more about what we do by visiting our about us page on our website and why not have a peep our 2018 Annual Review to see how we got on last year. We’ve also been really busy this year and have got some great stories of our work in our Network Magazine. For a more overview look at the charity, you can see this on the Charity Commission website.
What would your role be as a Trustee
Do you want to apply? This is what you need to do
If you are interested in joining us a Trustee then all you need to do is send an email to Hanna and tell us why you want to be a Trustee, what life and work experiences that you can bring to the role and anything else you think it would be good for us to know about you. Feel free to ask any questions to us as well.
Email Hanna: HannaTaylor@fishermensmission.org.uk
Phone: 01489 566916
What Happens Next
We may contact you (via email) if we have any further questions to ask you. We will let you know by 10th February if we would like you to come and have a face to face chat with us, this will be in London and we will pay your expenses to be with us. Either way, we will let you know if your application is of interest to us.