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.
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I joined the board because I wanted to contribute to the common good, what keeps me at involve is developing the organisation and growing people. My specific skill set for involve is based around my many years in general and financial management and I am currently the treasurer for involve, a job that gives me great pleasure in doing.
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I joined the board because… I believe very passionately in local charities, support and volunteering doing great things for local people.
Whilst I don’t have time to commit as much to charities as I would like this gives me the opportunity to help multiple organisations in the sector – albeit at a high level.
What continues to motivate me as a trustee is… seeing the continued hard work of Phil and his team do to support organisations and individuals across the local area.
I also find that the updates regarding training, befriending and general governance a real pleasure to receive. They remind me of the goodness in people.
I have considerable corporate and digital experience and I feel my skills in defining vision, mission, strategy, objectives and prioritisation should help.
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My name is Jamie McDougall, I’m married with two teenage children. I’ve lived in Bracknell Forest my entire life and have a professional background in IT and IT Management. I retired at the age of 35 with Multiple Sclerosis and whilst looking for ways to fill my day approached involve to participate in the befriending scheme. At the same time, due to my experience and background in Senior Management I was asked if I would join the Board of Trustees.
I have seen the benefits of involve from the perspective of a parent, a trustee and as a volunteer and see that it provides huge value to so many . It gives me an opportunity to use my experience to give back to the community that has supported me.
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I joined the board because an acquaintance, Simon Drew persuaded me to become “involved”. I had recently given up fulltime 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 me.
What continues to motivate me as a trustee is simply the commitment and ethos of the Staff at involve. When I joined, other than scanning the website I had very little knowledge of the organization. However the more time I have spent with them, the more I have come to understand the quality and importance of the services provided.
My motivation is focused on finding a route to providing some level of long term financial security for the Charity, 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].
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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 my 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
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I joined the board because I wanted to contribute to my local community and thought that involve was a good way to do this across a breadth of organisations.
The opportunity to help others achieve their goals, to help people learn, develop and grow is what drives me to be a trustee. Through my broad range of experience gained over 30 years in the corporate world, specialising in Human Resources, technology mind-set, and a ‘can do’ approach I feel involve are the right charity for me.
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