My Journey as a Trustee at VAL

Being a trustee at Voluntary Action Leicester (VAL) has been a deeply personal and enriching journey for me. It's more than just a role; it's a way of giving back to society, learning about how charities operate, delving into the intricate world of governance, and working alongside a wonderfully diverse board, all with the shared goal of supporting VAL in everything it does.

1. Giving Back and Making a Difference:

One of the most profound aspects of my role as a trustee is the opportunity to give back to society. VAL’s mission to enable people and communities to be the best they can be resonates deeply with me. Every decision, every project, every advocacy effort, is aimed at making Leicestershire a better place.

2. A Journey of Learning:

My journey as a trustee at VAL has been an incredible learning experience. I’ve gained insights into the inner workings of the charity sector, understanding how charities operate, manage resources, and drive initiatives that bring about positive change. The learning has not been confined to books or classrooms; it’s hands-on, practical, and immensely rewarding.

3. Exploring the World of Governance:

Governance, often seen as a complex and distant concept, has become tangible and understandable as a trustee. It’s about making responsible decisions, ensuring transparency, and setting the direction for VAL. Working with a diverse board has allowed me to appreciate the nuances of governance while collaborating with experts from various fields.

4. The Beauty of Diversity:

VAL’s board is a vibrant tapestry of diversity. We come from different backgrounds, professions, and walks of life. Yet, we share a common goal – to support VAL. This diversity is a source of strength, bringing varied perspectives and insights to the table. It’s a testament to the power of unity in diversity.

5. Impact Beyond Words:

Being a trustee at VAL has allowed me to witness the tangible impact of our collective efforts. From supporting local charities to facilitating access to essential resources, every decision and initiative has the potential to transform lives. It’s not just about talking the talk; it’s about walking the walk and making a real difference.

6. A Voice of Advice and Support:

My role as a trustee extends beyond attending meetings. I’ve had the privilege of providing advice and feedback on areas such as leadership, marketing, and business development. It’s about actively engaging with VAL’s operations, using my skills and experience to help the organisation grow and thrive. It’s immensely satisfying to see my input being put into action.

This role has allowed me to be a part of something larger than myself, a movement that strives to make Leicestershire the best it can be. It’s about personal growth, fulfilment, and the joy of working towards a brighter future. This is what being a trustee at VAL means to me, and I am grateful for this meaningful and rewarding journey.

Emily Weatherer-Smith

Emily has ten years’ experience in marketing, sales, project management, engagement management, and team building. She works as Referrer Engagement Manager, at GenesisCare delivering marketing consultancy by creating data driven marketing and sales strategies. Her current role is to manage projects within the areas of new acquisitions and strategic partnerships with hospitals and healthcare organisations. Emily has significant experience in managing and leading on a variety of projects where she has led teams successfully and increased revenue and sales of projects within the health sector. Her work requires strong relations with key stakeholders, including private and public service commissioners, service referrers, and service users. She has joined the VAL Trustee Board in order to give back to her community and support the work of Voluntary Action Leicestershire.