Trustees Week: Voluntary Norfolk CEO thanks Trustees

Alan Hopley in front of Voluntary Norfolk logo

To mark Trustees’ Week, Voluntary Norfolk’s CEO, Alan Hopley, has written an open letter. In it, he thanks all the incredible people who volunteer as trustees around the county and beyond…

This week is Trustees’ Week (6th-10th November). I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sits on the board of the many Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise groups in Norfolk. I know they play a pivotal, yet often unseen role, in the success of these organisations. As volunteers, they bring diverse expertise, strategic vision, and governance oversight, playing a vital role in the resilience and effectiveness of the VCSE sector.

Trustees guide financial decisions, shape policies, and uphold the organisation’s mission, fostering transparency and accountability. Their passion, commitment, wider skills and experience brings enormous benefit to their organisations. Helping their organisations to achieve the objectives that drives the social change, and community impact we all value and want to see. Trustees are the cornerstone, ensuring these vital organisations thrive and deliver their essential societal roles. For these reasons, I wanted to take this opportunity to reiterate my thanks to all trustees in Norfolk and beyond for the crucial work they do. I would encourage anyone who is wanting to make a real difference to the lives of others to look at our GetInVOLved website: and find out more about becoming a trustee.


How do I decide if a trustee role is right for me?

Some Trustee roles with charities and other non-profit organisations require specialist knowledge or skills. However generally these organisations are looking for people who are willing and able to commit their time, ideas and experiences. In so doing they’ll really support the organisation’s cause.

Did you know less than 3% of Trustees’ are under 30 years old? We want to support this to change.

Don’t worry if you haven’t been a member of a committee or a trustee before. You don’t even need to be an expert in the organisation’s area of work. Charities and groups are keen that their committees represent the different ages and backgrounds of people from their local communities. So if you are interested in a role, don’t hesitate to contact the organisation to find out more about it

Organisations will generally provide information and training for new Trustees, and there are also lots of free resources available to aspiring Trustees’ from Getting on Board

Being a Trustee is a great way to learn new skills, and gain experience in new areas. It’s also a great way to meet new people.

Click here for current Trustee opportunities.