The Role of Trustees
The responsibility for the management and control of KMSTC rests with the Trustees who have given due consideration to the major risks (those potentially having a major impact and a probable/highly probable likelihood of occurring) to which the Charity is exposed and satisfied themselves that systems or procedures are established in order to manage those risks (Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008).
Trustees carry out Risk Assessments for Governance, Operations, Finance, Environment & External Risks and Compliance (Law & Regulation) to establish, identify, assess, evaluate and monitor risks to which the Charity might be exposed.
According to our articles of association the minimum number of Trustees is 3, and the maximum is 9. At the AGM in May 2018 a number of Trustees stood down so we are now looking for new blood – particularly from the membership of the Centre. If anyone is interested in being a Trustee please get in touch with the Chair, Sharon Wilding (see details below).
Our heartfelt thanks go to the departing Trustees, Hilary Brian, Jill Tompkins, Martin Lawrie and Andrew Lawrie for their fantastic contributions over the past few years.
Taking on the role of Chair from Hilary is a hard act to follow and, as I work full time as a Marketing Director and consultant, I have limited time to spend in the Centre. However, now that we have a strong CEO, Keziah Cunningham, in place, it’s the right time for the Board of Trustees to focus more on the governance and strategic direction, leaving day to day operations and management in her capable hands. My aim is to ensure we give Keziah the right support to help her succeed.
I’ve been on the Board since 2014, with lead responsibility for marketing issues, so I have a good understanding of our history, our vision and the issues that need addressing to help us fulfil that vision.
I live locally and am Kent born and bred. I started my own marketing consultancy, The Purple Edge, in 2007 having spent the previous 22 years wo rking in many different marketing roles in BT. I have 5 children (well, 1 husband and 4 sons), 2 dogs and 6 chickens to keep me busy when not working!
You can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get in contact.
David joined KMSTC as a trustee in 2017. David is an experienced Senior Executive/Partner. He has a high degree of business and commercial skills gained in multi-national consultancy including, EY PA Consultancy Group and British Telecom. David has experience of delivering high-risk complex projects and turnarounds whilst working with investors and executives. David brings an innovative approach to problem solving, negotiating, leadership and management.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and was MD of a company specialising in international VAT with 60 employees for over 20 years before retiring. These days I enjoy travel (which is just as well, since most of my six children and eight grandchildren live abroad), gardening, keeping fit and learning the piano. My wife has MS and has been a Centre member for the last two years and finds HBO and reflexology very helpful therapies. When the opening on the board of Trustees arose I was pleased to volunteer. I consider the Centre a vital resource for people with MS, so I’m delighted to be able to do my bit in support of such a great charity.
My focus at KMSTC is on Operations, ensuring that our staff team is well supported by the board and that the Centre runs smoothly. I recently retired after 32 years working in Telecoms both in the UK and overseas. I also volunteer as a school governor, trustee of Chestfield Golf club, and for the Princes Trust. I hope to help the Centre build its income, improve and expand the number of services, and make a positive difference to our members. I’ll be drawing on my management experience and passion for what we do here to support KMSTC as it continues to grow.