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The Big Picture - August 2021

Ian Merrill
2 August 2021

Every month, our CEO Ian Merrill shares updates on Shannon Trust's work and future developments.

I’ve been able to meet more of Shannon Trust’s fantastic volunteers in person over recent weeks, and that has been a real treat.  In this update, I’d like tell you about some recent changes to our Board of Trustees – volunteers themselves of course.  I’m delighted to be able to tell you about four new trustees who joined our board in July.  They are;

  • Ceri Godwin, who has a background in banking, business change including the use of technology
  • Ellen Coady, who works for Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service, and has a background in human resources
  • Cristalina Fernandez-Bate, an educator who has worked in senior positions leading school improvement programmes
  • Caroline King, a lawyer by profession and a partner in a firm of Solicitors.

All four of our new recruits, joined existing trustees at their first board meeting this week, and it was immediately clear that they will bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the governance of Shannon Trust.  From my perspective as CEO, a strong, supportive board is so important, as the organisation seeks to navigate the future and do more good.  All our trustees are keen to connect with our staff and volunteers, see our work and support what we do. I hope that all our volunteers will get the chance to meet all of our trustees at some point and talk about your work and your ideas.  I know that all our trustees very much value the contribution of our volunteers, and understanding volunteer roles really helps to then ground the decisions that are made at board level.

Our board have also committed to go ahead with some further trustee recruitment during the rest of 2021 as part of its desire to ensure Shannon Trust is as inclusive an organisation as we can be; so during the summer we will begin the process of recruiting two additional trustees who bring their own lived experience of the criminal justice system.  I’m really excited to be involved in this development, not least because by adding to our board in this way, we will be able to bring new voices to the table, which in turn will further strengthen how we are governed, and how we operate.  Please keep an eye out for more details soon.

As ever, thank you for all your contributions to and interest in the work of the Shannon Trust.