Become a Trustee

Have you ever considered becoming a Charity Trustee? Then why not think about joining the Oaklea Trust Board?

We are always on the look out for people with a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to help steer the organisation.

We are looking to recruit new enthusiastic Trustees/Board members for our forward thinking charitable organisation. We are seeking the right person as a representative from any of the following areas; County Durham, Northumberland and also Cumbria.

As a member of the Board you will work closely with the Chair of the Board, Cate Grimes and Oaklea’s Chief Executive, Clive Wigley, as well as the rest of the Executive Team to help shape the strategic direction of the company, including budget scrutiny, analysis of income & expenditure reports, and review of new project costings.

Oaklea recompenses Trustees for valid travel and subsistence expenses incurred on approved Oaklea business.

If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults or just feel this is an area you would like to develop your skills & knowledge, then you could be the person we are looking for.

Call us for an informal chat with Cate or Clive T: 01539 735025 or E:

What does being a Trustee entail - here’s what some of our existing Trustees say:

Janet McMeekin; “I applied to be a Trustee because Oaklea had looked after a family member with Downs Syndrome for several years. I was impressed with the care he received and, as Oaklea were recruiting for Trustees at about the same time as I retired, it was an opportunity to get involved and “give something back”. We don’t currently have a board member who has a customer in their family and it would be nice to increase our demographic to include such.”

Linda Adey; (below) “What a friendly, supportive group of ‘real’ people I’ve found my trustee colleagues to be! By ‘real’ I mean they all have full and busy lives too so are understanding of others who work under time constraints too.”

New Trustees undergo a full induction to help get ‘under the skin’ of what makes the Oaklea Trust tick - in February 2019 Andy Scott did just that - here you can see him with CEO Clive getting the lowdown on Oaklea:

As well as visiting some Oaklea supported living properties, Andy also got to see first hand the sheer variety of Oaklea Trust work - like our CIC Right2Work (R2W). Here he was able to see all the recycling that goes on at The Furniture Warehouse.

Being a Trustee isn’t just about helping oversee the organisation - you can also get involved in all kinds of different projects - here you can see Chair Cate Grimes with MBA students from Lancaster University who were assisting Oaklea with a feasibility study into a possible new project:

Would you like to find out more? We can call you back.

Simply provide us a few details and we’ll call you at a time to suit you.

When is the best time for us to call you?

Contact us.

Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6RY

Telephone. 01539 735 025

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