Meet the involve Trustees
James Harrison is a Senior Management Consultant with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s Advisory and Consultancy Services, undertaking advisory assignments with FTSE250 Global Organisations. A former Army Officer, James brings significant experience in Strategy and Planning, coupled with an extensive Leadership and Management background. James has been a trustee with involve for since 2015, having joined the Board in order to provide a new perspective gained from his commercial experience to support the ongoing development and growth of the local charity sector.
In keeping with his military background, James is keen to support the local community and views involve as a lynchpin in driving Bracknell and Wokingham to the successful delivery of local charitable and support services. With the ongoing support of the other involve Board Members, the involve Team and wider community, James believes involve can grow to be seen as an essential part of Bracknell and Wokingham’s community services by local businesses, charitable organisations and the local council.
Peter joined the board because an acquaintance, Simon Drew persuaded him to become “involved”. He had recently given up full time employment and was looking for useful things to do. Having been a resident of Bracknell since 1969 [on and off], giving some time to help with a local charity appealed to him.
What continues to motivate him as a trustee is simply the commitment and ethos of the Staff at involve. When he joined, other than scanning the website, he had very little knowledge of the organization. However the more time he has spent with us, the more he has come to understand the quality and importance of the services provided.
His motivation is focused on finding a route to providing some level of long term financial security for involve, thus allowing the staff to continue doing what they do very well, i.e. delivering an expanding range of key services in Bracknell and Wokingham and beyond [East Berkshire].
Kate joined the board because she wanted to contribute to her local community and thought that involve was a good way to do this across a breadth of organisations.
She told us that the opportunity to help others achieve their goals, to help people learn, develop and grow is what drives her to be a trustee. Through her broad range of experience gained over 30 years in the corporate world, specialising in Human Resources, technology mind-set, and a ‘can do’ approach, she feels involve are the right charity for me.
Fiona joined the board because she passionately believes in local charities, support and volunteering doing great things for local people.
Whilst she doesn’t have time to commit as much to charities as she would like, this gives her the opportunity to help multiple organisations in the sector – albeit at a high level.
What continues to motivate her as a trustee is seeing the continued hard work of Phil and his team do to support organisations and individuals across the local area. She also thinks that our updates regarding training, befriending and general governance a real pleasure to receive. They remind me of the goodness in people.
She has considerable corporate and digital experience and she feels her skills in defining vision, mission, strategy, objectives and prioritisation should help.
Mike works as a public affairs specialist in public consultation, specialising in local government level contact.
Mike has been a councillor on four local government authorities including London Borough of Hillingdon and as a cabinet member for adult social services of Bedfordshire County Council,
Mike has worked as non-executive member on a number of public bodies at director and trustee level including the Bedfordshire Probation Trust, Bedfordshire CAB, Mental Health Trust Luton and Bedfordshire and Hillingdon Community Trust.
Since moving to Bracknell Forest, Michael has been keen to be work in the voluntary sector.
Mike says that he hopes to offer the board his experience of working between local government and the voluntary sector.
In his spare time mike is a folk singer and MC at festivals around the country
John is a Strategic Development Director and in the past has been very successful in developing people and generating income. He hopes to help involve to continue to develop and grow as a charity, and also to help staff and fellow trustees to reach their potential.