There are currently eight members of our Board of Trustees. The minimum size of the board is four and the maximum is twelve. No more than four trustees can be co opted.
Bill Wright – Chair
Bill lives with an inherited bleeding disorder and was the founding Chair Haemophilia Scotland as an independent charity. He brings a wealth of experience in the third sector and takes a lead on the contaminated blood and blood products campaign. He also serves on the Steering Group of the Scottish Inherited Bleeding Disorders Network.
James Geekie – Treasurer
Experienced Corporate Development Manager in the insurance industry. James brings invaluable financial expertise to the board.
Carolyn McGimpsey – Secretary
Carolyn is an educator with a son with an inherited bleeding disorder. She has been involved in bringing patients together in Scotland for many years and he experience of our community and child protection issues is invaluable.
Nikki is a professional charity fundraiser and brings that knowledge and expertise to the Board. She takes a lead on all resourcing issues and in particular our efforts to diversify our income.
Hugh is a communications professional who lives with an inherited bleeding disorder. He edits and produces our regular members magazine, The Wire. He also produced Board’s Standing Orders.
Nancy is the Data Manager for the West of Scotland. She has been very supportive of Haemophilia Scotland ever since we were established and her insight into haemophilia service delivery a valuable addition to the board.
John lives in the West of Scotland and has an inherited bleeding disorder. His work experience covers local authorities, property companies, facilities management and the health service where he worked as a chartered governance professional. He brings to the board knowledge of law, regulation, board procedures, risk and people management.
Gregor has worn many hats in my IT career; Technical Lead, Architect, Relationship manager, Strategist, Project Management, Support, Disaster Recovery, Specialist. As a result, he adds some real digital savvy to the board. His experience operating his own consultancy are also very relevant to running a small charity such as ours.
The role of trustees
The Trustees of any charity provide the strategic direction and oversight.
They make sure that the charity protects our reputation, manages our finances responsibly, and is focused on achieving our charitable aims and objectives.
Specifically, a charity trustee must:
- Act in the interest of the charity. Trustees should put the interests of their charity before their own interests, or those of any other person or organisation.
- Operate in a manner consistent with the charity’s purposes. Trustees should carry out their duties in accordance with their governing document.
- Act with due care and diligence. Trustees should take such care of their charity’s affairs as is reasonable to expect of someone who is managing the affairs of another person.
- Ensure that the charity complies with the provisions of the 2005 Act and other relevant legislation.
We are very fortunate to have a diverse and dedicated Board of Trustees who work extremely hard to make Haemophilia Scotland as good as it can be.
Every year the third of trustees who have served longest since they were last elected step down. We elect 4 trustees at each AGM and those stepping down are eligible to restand. In practice this means there are usually new trustees joining our board every year but our members are able to keep experienced trustees on the board.
If you would like to know more about becoming a Trustee of Haemophilia Scotland, please contact our CEO, Dan Farthing-Sykes for more details.
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