Do you want to be a trustee?

Walkley Carnegie Library are looking for new trustees. If you or someone you know might be interested, please read on.


What are we looking for in a trustee?

To be a trustee, you need to be:

  • Interested in the future of the library

  • Able to spare at least a couple of hours each month to attend our meetings, work with volunteers and help make decisions about the library (some of our trustees are much more involved than this)

  • Over 18

We're interested in finding people with specific skills, including fundraising, HR and volunteer management, and people with links to other charities and organisations. However, it's also important that we have a mix of people with different perspectives, so please don't rule yourself out if you think you might be interested.


As our chair is stepping down after over seven years in the role, we are also looking for someone who can take over the overall leadership of the group. What is a trustee anyway?

Trustees are the people who have overall control and management of a charity. They are in charge of making strategic decisions. We aim to keep a core of eight trustees, although several of these are stepping down this year. In general, trustees undertake the role for a year or several years, and then step down to be replaced by someone else. Our outgoing secretary, Nicola Dempsey, wrote a piece about her experience of being a trustee - you can read it here. If you want to have a chat about the trustee role or about Walkley Carnegie Library, please email trustees@walkleylibrary.org.uk or c.reece@walkleylibrary.org.uk and one of the trustees will get in touch.


What do I need to do if I want to be a trustee?

You need to fill in the trustee nomination form, letting us know about your interests and why you want to be a trustee. Two people need to sign* it, a 'proposer' and a 'seconder' - these are the people who are vouching for you as a potential trustee. They need to be current WCL volunteers. If you aren't sure who might be able to propose or second your nomination, get in touch with us on trustees@walkleylibrary.org.uk, and we should be able to sort something out.