It’s Trustees Week and what better time for all of us at Ethos to pay tribute to one of our former trustees Paul Riley who has just stepped down after more than seven years as a member of our board.
Paul came to Ethos, or Transhouse as we were then, in 1997 after his spinal cord injury.
He moved into his own home after two years of rehabilitation with Ethos and was approached to join our board of trustees in 2014. He stepped down earlier this year.
Paul is a passionate advocate of the work that Ethos does but as a trustee he also brought his IT skills and knowledge to the board, helping set up a new website and steering the charity through its transition from Transhouse to the Ethos Group in 2018.
“I have to say that had Ethos not been there at such an important time I don’t believe I would be where I am today. Being around people going through the same massive life changes and learning from others who had already been through it was a huge advantage for me.
“Ethos allows people to learn and develop the new skills they need to live. The staff offered me the help and support to set up the next stage of my life. Being able to give a little of that support back as a trustee was a privilege,” said Paul.
Ethos chief executive, Fae Dromgool, said that Paul’s experience as a former Ethos client and his IT and website design skills had made a huge contribution to the charity.
“We are really going to miss Paul’s invaluable role within our board of trustees. But we are going to miss him most of all as a friend and colleague,” she said.
Paul was presented with a special “star” award as thank you from the board – an award he said he would cherish.
Paul’s retirement from the board leaves a vacancy on the board of trustees and we would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to step into the role.
We know that you are all busy people so we would be happy for a new trustee to join us initially for a year’s appointment and be able to spare just three hours a month and attend bi-monthly meetings.
If you can spare more then that’s great but we won’t ask you to give up all your free time – just a little of it for a very deserving cause.
We are particularly looking for those with experience in IT or social care experts to join the team. But don’t be put off if you don’t fit those categories. If you have a passion for helping people to help themselves, we would be delighted to hear from you.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee for Ethos, you can find out more here.
Alternatively just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01691 404359. We would love to hear from you!
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