New address, new staff, new Trustees.

Posted on March 18, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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THE start of spring traditionally signals the arrival of the new.

And, coincidentally, during the spring we will have some new arrivals at COPS – we have a new office, we have new staff and we are recruiting new trustees.

The office first: In January, I told you that we had to move out of our premises by the end of that month. We managed to negotiate an extension, and now, thanks to enormous effort from Sarah Williams we have a new office, literally round the corner from the old one. We now have more space, our own front door and somewhere we can bring people to show them what we do. As it is on the same site, all our contact details remain the same – postal address, phone number and of course all electronic contacts. If you would like to come and see us, please get in touch.

One of the reasons for needing more space was that we have recruited two new part-time members of staff. Alison Sutton joins us as Fundraising Coordinator. Alison brings experience of account management and working in small charities to make the most of the funding opportunities available. She will be a huge support to the legion of fundraisers and donors we are so lucky to have. Cara Russon, who has previously volunteered at the Survivors’ Weekend, joins as Policy and Resources Coordinator, initially on a temporary contract, to help us develop the right policies and resources for supporting survivors. Cara brings a wealth of HR experience which will be invaluable as we make sure we achieve the right balance between supporting survivors as beneficiaries and peer support volunteers. Both Alison and Cara started with us on Monday 14 March.

As outlined in the three year plan, we are also appointing four new trustees – two independent trustees and two survivor trustees. The appointment process of the independent trustees is being managed for us by a specialist charity trustee recruiter, Trustees Unlimited. Their impartial guidance will help us make sure we appoint the right people, with the right skills and experience, to the board.

We are managing the appointment of the survivor trustees ourselves. The Charity Commission provides a comprehensive guide to the role of a trustee (it can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-cc3/the-essential-trustee-what-you-need-to-know-what-you-need-to-do ). In short, a trustee’s responsibility is to make sure that the charity is compliant with the law and accountable, is carrying out its business for the public benefit, and uses its resources sensibly and in the best interests of the charity.

We are looking for survivors who can combine those responsibilities with their own personal experience of what it means to be a survivor. A more detailed description of the roles and how to apply will be available shortly. In the meantime, for an informal and confidential discussion about the Survivor Trustee roles, please contact me by email richard.kotulecki@ukcops.org or by phone 07941 336 875.

With best wishes, Richard Kotulecki, Head of Operations

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