How I became a Cerebral Palsy Sport Trustee by Aideen Blackborough
It was September 2015 and I was at the launch party of my first book. One of my guests approached me saying that a charity in Nottingham were looking for Trustees and she thought I’d be ideal.
Shortly afterwards, I looked up Cerebral Palsy Sport and the rest, as they say, is history. I went to my first board meeting in January 2016 and soon realised what it meant to be a trustee! I had strategies, finances, governance timetables coming out of my ears and I was learning fast! But all the while, I felt it was important to always remember why I was doing it – to help other people with Cerebral Palsy to access sporting opportunities whilst building confidence and making friends. When things get challenging, that’s what I come back to and refocus on.
In July of this year, I became Chair of the Board so my role now is a little more involved. I work closely with the CEO and the Board to ensure that we’re all working towards the same goals and delivering the strategy that has been agreed. I’m also chair of our Governance Committee so I have input into our policies and procedures, as well as making sure the Charity is complying with everything required legally. I’m typically in the CP Sport Office once a month for meetings but I do a lot of Skype meetings in between and I estimate I give the charity a day of my time every week. I consider myself lucky to be in a position where I can do this though it’s sometimes tricky balancing things as I’m also a mum and run my own business. There’s never a dull moment!
My favourite part of the role is going to events and actually seeing the impact that we are having as a charity. It makes all the hard work worthwhile!