Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it does what it was set up to do. Our trustees don’t get paid for their role – they act out of a desire to help people and make positive change. Volunteering as a trustee is a rewarding and enjoyable role. It can be challenging at times too.
Their responsibilities include ensuring the charity:
- Has the money it needs.
- Spends its money sensibly, on the activities it was raised for.
- Follows the law, including preparing reports and accounts to send to the Charity Commission.
- Doesn’t break the rules in its governing document (its constitution, trust deed or articles).
- Plans what the charity will do and what it can achieve.
- Can explain the charities activities and how they are intended to support its purposes.
Meet our Trustees
Chair & Finance
Alison joined Cintre because she felt the charity’s ethos matched with her own personal beliefs. She is an individual who is passionate about raising the standard of care and placing the service user at the centre of everything. She aims to make a difference and open people’s eyes to see the person not the disability. Alison believes that everyone deserves the very best of care and support and is passionate about raising the standards in social care. She has experience working in Domiciliary Care, Learning Disabilities, Young Carers Project and in education has been an Assessor, Internal Quality Assurer and Social Care Course Leader. Alison is the founder and Operations Director at BCE, who provide apprenticeships and training in social care, including training for Individual Employers and their PA’s.
Deputy Chair & Finance
I joined the Cintre Board because I wanted to be involved in a small but active charity and offer my experience of charity governance. Prior to retirement in 2014 I was CEO to the Bristol Diocesan Board of Finance (Admin of Church of England Diocese of Bristol), which had a turnover of £11 million a year, and assets of about £33 million. I had been involved in Church of England diocese work in a variety of places since 1974, moving through the ranks until I became CEO.
Since retirement, besides being involved with my local church, I am a member of Lions International, raising money for local causes, and volunteer at my local library for Rhymetime and Storytime.
HR & Remuneration
Phil was introduced to Cintre in January 2015 and felt the need to join the team after being really impressed with the work and sheer commitment everyone has to the Service Users. He has business experience in fast moving consumer goods and construction and ran his own construction business for 6 years before selling to management. Now semi-retired, he is Consultant and Director to a civil and building business in the North West and does some business mentoring for small businesses.
safeguarding & wellbeing
Sue joined Cintre two years ago following retirement, and is the trustee responsible for safeguarding and pastoral care. Sue is a member of the Safeguarding and Wellbeing Subcommittee and is Chair of the Safeguarding Forum. Sue’s background is in special educational needs having taught for 18 years in a specialist unit for pupils with autism and other complex needs, was an in house NVQ assessor and remains a school governor. Sue was also a Teaching Fellow for The University of Birmingham delivering a distance learning course on The Knowledge and Understanding of the Autism Spectrum. Her background in special needs means that Sue is committed to Cintre in its work to enable and empower its service users. She is currently undertaking a course (comprising of 4 modules) in The Mental Capacity Act to further her appreciation of Cintre’s service users and their needs.
Josie became a trustee in July 2018, and will be utilising her expertise, helping Cintre to refine its clinical governance with a view to ensuring we achieve the best possible results in future CQC inspections.
Board Stratergy & compliance
Marion Billett has a proven track record implementing structure, leading improvement and delivering growth strategies within the third sector. Marion brings extensive knowledge and a wide range of skills to the Cintre Trustees.
Health & Safety
John joined Cintre as a trustee 15 months ago and currently Chairs the Safeguarding and Wellbeing Committee and has recently completed a Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent. He is also a member of the Health & Safety Committee and the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee. John has a background in legal services having worked at the Lord Chancellor’s Department and as an investigator for the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors. For the last 15 years he has worked in education as a teacher and most recently as the headteacher of a Gloucestershire primary school.
Health & Safety