The Foundation’s newest recruit in the Marketing department, Marketing Co-ordinator Angela Pask, interviewed Francine to find out what attracted her to our charity.
AP: Firstly a huge welcome, we’re delighted you have chosen to join our esteemed board of trustees as the newest addition to the team.
FG: I am a big believer in the benefits of counselling so when I heard that The Counselling Foundation needed a new trustee I was excited about the prospect of working to promote something I value and want to see available for anyone who needs it.
AP: As well as making a difference to the local community, please tell us what it is that you like about the work we do?
FG: I work for a healthcare company and believe that more than half of the patients we see wouldn’t need to see a doctor if they could draw on their own robustness to help them cope with stressful periods in their lives. By making low cost counselling available I think The Counselling Foundation is such a valuable resource I want to help promote it.
AP: There are some huge benefits and rewards in being a trustee what qualities will you bring to the role?
FG: Primarily I will bring legal expertise to the table but I hope also to be a fresh mind and someone who can think strategically as well as commercially whilst being mindful that The Counselling Foundation is a charity. I also hope that people will see me as energetic, get my (slightly dry) sense of humour and feel they can talk to me about their ideas.
AP: What do you consider to be one of the biggest challenges we face in the not for profit sector?
FG: Many people talk about budget pressures when asked a question like this but I believe that regulation and the scrutiny that comes with regulation is one of the biggest challenges facing the not for profit sector. However, I also believe it can be an opportunity and I hope that we can help shape some of the regulatory changes that will affect our work.
FG: As with all businesses there will be opportunities to be found by increasing efficiency and maximising resources but as a people charity I believe that a wealth of opportunities will come from those around us.
AP: Trustees also often learn new skills during their time on the board, what skills do you think you will enjoy acquiring most?
FG: I will definitely enjoy putting my skills and experience to use and making a lasting difference about a cause I care about. I will personally benefit from learning about the management and strategy side of the charity by taking on the leadership role of a trustee and hope that my colleagues will teach me how to be a great leader like they are.
AP: Thanks Francine and welcome to the Foundation!
For more information on Francine’s background, please visit our Trustee page to read her profile.