Become a Trustee

Community Action Northumberland (CAN), like most charities, is led by a group of voluntary Trustees.Because CAN is constituted as a charitable company, the trustees are also known as the Board of Directors. 

CAN's mission is to benefit and help sustain rural communities in Northumberland by Promoting Rural Issues, Empowering Organisations and Supporting Individuals and  we are keen for our trustees to come from the communities that we serve. Under CAN’s constitution the board can comprise of up to 15 members who can either be individuals with an interest in our work, or represent voluntary sector and public bodies and networks which have a role in rural Northumberland.  No particular experience is needed other than an interest in helping communities to flourish and become sustainable.

Board members define the strategy and plans for CAN and oversee the operations and work of the staff and are expected to make a commitment to attend between six and nine meetings each year.  Trustees can also become more involved with sub committees and particular aspects of CAN’s planning and operations if they wish to do so, and are in a position to give the additonal time.

Trustees are normally appointed at our Annual General Meeting in Autumn each year, but we would be pleased to hear from any one interested in joining the board at any time throught the year.  We are able to co-opt trustees to fill vacancies  that occur between AGMs, and there are always opportunities for people to find out more about what is involved with the role, prior to deciding whether this is the right role for them.

If you would like more information please send us an email through the 'Contact Us' page on this website, marked for the attention of or CEO, Andy Dean