Trusty trustees

7th March 2013 by

Since leaving the Otesha staff team in 2012, I’ve been on the board of trustees. So far it’s been pretty good: I’ve kept in touch with my Otesha friends; still had a say in the development of the organisation; worked alongside other trustees from backgrounds I wouldn’t come into to contact with in my usual life (like lawyers); eaten a lot of biscuits and humous (not together) and learnt loads.

We’re looking for more fabulous people to join our board of trustees.

Although the staff team at Otesha has a flat structure, as a charity we still have a board who have overall responsibility and so need to approve all the big decisions.

Here’s why you should think about joining the Otesha board:

  • You learn a lot about how a small charity operates
  • You get to help develop our strategy
  • You get to be involved in supporting a small team and working out how a flat structure can be most effective
  • We’re all nice people here
  • It looks great on your CV, not that that’s a good reason to become a trustee, but it looks good on your CV for a valid reason because you learn a LOT
  • Otesha is a wicked little charity. We’re 5 years old now which means in some ways we’re quite stable and know some stuff, and in other ways we’re dynamic, up for new ideas and still figuring lots out
  • We have nice biscuits and humous (not together) at our meetings

We’d particularly like to sit round a board table with people who bring some relevant skills but are also wanting to develop new ones by being a trustee, for example you could be wanting to learn more about the charity sector and bring skills from another sector.

Get in touch if:

  • You’re interested in non-hierarchical structures and want to support this one
  • You love what Otesha do
  • You’re willing to commit one evening a month to meetings, plus a bit of time in between supporting staff or preparing for meetings, and one strategy weekend each year
  • You get that being a trustee is quite a bit of commitment (you take on legal and financial responsibility for Otesha) and are only a little bit fazed by that

It would definitely help if you have any of the following:

  • Experience or an interest in any of the areas of Otesha’s work (like green jobs, young people, cycling, sustainable living etc. etc.)
  • Know the East London communities we work in
  • Experience in finance or fundraising
  • A solid strategic head on you
  • A background or interest in HR, staff development and mentoring
  • Experience of or an interest in consensus decision making and flat structures

So it’s a real commitment, but one that shouldn’t be too scary, and the effectiveness and dedication of the board members has a real impact on Otesha. Board members have the opportunity to make a positive difference to Otesha and to the people we work with, and a contribution towards our aims. And if we all do it well, we won’t be bored in board meetings.

Download more info: Otesha trustee role description2013

If you think this is you, but aren’t totally sure about it, email me  ( and we can arrange a time to chat about it.

To apply: please send a CV and covering letter telling us why you want to be a trustee for Otesha to
Deadline: 28th March 2013

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