Dive in to a Board role!
Adrian Moorhouse and Sue Anstiss, board members of Leisure Focus.
Former Olympic swimmer Adrian Moorhouse is just one of the growing number of people who are offering to share skills and experience on a Board in order to help a local organisation.
Adrian joined the Board of Leisure Focus – a not-for-profit charitable body that promotes sports in local communities across Berkshire – last year. As a former high profile athlete he’s an ideal candidate to endorse and encourage healthier lifestyles, but Board positions are open to anyone, regardless of skills and qualifications. And as well as giving something back to your local community, volunteering as a Board member often delivers a host of personal and professional benefits as well.
Adrian says acting as a Trustee is a wonderful opportunity to champion a cause you feel passionate about:
“I have lived in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for over 25 years and have a huge affection for the area. As I am passionate about the support and facilities for health and wellbeing being available to everyone in our community, it made perfect sense to join the Board of Leisure Focus. It’s great to work alongside like-minded people on the Board who really care about the Borough and I am proud to champion and be an advocate for all things Leisure Focus. The role of Trustee has challenged me in that my experience is not specifically from this sector so I am learning and developing new skills. Joining the Board has definitely been a worthwhile and rewarding experience.”
One of Adrian’s colleagues on the Board, Sue Anstiss, is also well known in the sports and fitness sector. As a tireless campaigner for women’s sport, Sue was a founding Trustee of the Women’s Sport Trust charity. She says getting involved as a Trustee with Leisure Focus was a way to give something back to her local community:
“I believe passionately about the importance of sport and physical activity for all ages. Having enjoyed the extensive facilities and services across the Borough over the past 30 years – both myself and for my three daughters – I wanted to give back in some way. Helping people maintain their mental and physical health has never been more important and I hope my involvement on the Board can play a part in ensuring our facilities are available for all.”
Sue urges anyone who is considering volunteering with a Board to go for it:
“You’ll get back as much as you put in. Come to the role with enthusiasm and be willing to share your expertise and experience. It’s incredibly rewarding to support the fantastic team on the ground at Leisure Focus and it’s a pleasure to watch and support the incredible work they are doing during this challenging time. We’re a small, proactive Board and I really feel as if we are able to have an impact.”
Become a Trustee
We are working with Leisure Focus to recruit a new Trustee to join the Board. For more information please download a Recruitment Pack. For an informal chat about the role please contact Phil Foster on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 8000 1153.