The Taylor Root UK Trustee Network

At Taylor Root, we work hard to constantly create positive change and growth for our clients, candidates and of course the legal industry as a whole. 

As the world focuses more on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and environmental, governance and social (ESG), more non-profit businesses and charities are recruiting voluntary Trustees who want to help advance the purpose of those charities with their expertise. 

That’s why we launched the Taylor Root Trustee Network: a community that connects non-profit businesses with Trustees across the UK.  

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What is the Taylor Root UK Trustee Network? 

Driving positive change

The Taylor Root UK Trustee Network is a pro-bono initiative we created to help our networks and communities. We are in a privileged position of speaking to legal professionals who want to develop themselves personally and professionally, so we knew the appetite to become a Trustee was high.  

The UK has a thriving third sector/non-profit division, so the need for legal professionals to join organisations in a Trustee capacity was even higher… Born out of this was the Taylor Root UK Trustee Network. We connect likeminded legal professionals who want to become Trustees with organisations looking to hire people-focused individuals to their business. 

The Taylor Root Trustee toolkit

As part of our work with Trustees we have put together a host of resources and information to help General Counsel understand what a trustee role entails and
how you can go about securing a position as a Trustee.

Our guide provides insights and resources into why and how to become a Trustee. It also looks to answer some of the key questions such as “What is the role of a Trustee” and “What value can a General Counsel add to a Trustee position.”

KEY QUESTIONS

What does a Trustee do?  

A role of a Trustee can vary for the organisations need but it’s a voluntary role where you will support the leadership team and aid on key or critical queries as they arise. These may be people or culture-orientated from strategic initiatives through to operational queries such as a complex employee relation issue.  

Why do businesses need Trustees? 

Third-sector businesses such as charities and non-profits rely a lot on expertise that they otherwise have no access to at times. With tight budgets and restrictive resources, the support and advice from a Trustee can be influential to the business’s success. 

Why have we launched the network? 

Two reasons fundamentally: to give back to the community is crucial from our perspective at Taylor Root and also aligns with our commitments behind ESG.  

Additionally, we know the importance of professional and personal development for our network and so being able to connect, help and support that journey seemed the right thing to do!   

Getting involved

Who does the Trustee Network help and how? 

The network enables Trustees to support three communities. 

Lastly, yourself. You will help yourself within your own personal development and professional. You’ll increase your awareness and creative thinking on how to support a non-profit business (often with limited budgets and resources) – especially if you come from a thriving commercial environment. You’ll also gain the sense of fulfilment that you are contributing to your community and the rewards in return are immeasurable! 

Firstly the business, allowing them to tap into your experience and advice as a Trustee to help them navigate their journey. Secondly, the end recipient that the charity helps, whether that is individuals, a specific cause, welfare and so on. A non-profit’s success benefits who they service.

How can candidates and clients get involved? 

If you are interested in a Trustee role or are looking to hire a Trustee position, please email either Sarah IngwersenNikki Newton or Georgia Morgan-Wynne.

We want to reiterate that this is not a paid service and will be a referral programme, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. 

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RESOURCES 

  • Career Advice

Life as a Trustee: A Crafty Counsel podcast

  • Posted February 29, 2024
Our latest podcast in collaboration with Crafty Counsel is now live. Thank you to our guests Shrina Shah and Natalie Salunke for their time and eye-opening insights into how they find joy at work and outside of it as Trustees. In this episode Shrina and Natalie share their rewarding experiences as Trustees talking about how the role can be life […]
  • Career Advice

Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Mary Bowie

  • Posted January 30, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Nikki Newton recently spoke to Mary Bowie, Lead Legal Counsel at Wakam about being a Trustee for The Insurance Charities (TIC). What does your Trustee organisation do? Wakam for Good (WFG) is an endowment fund with the intention of making partner contributions as impactful as […]
  • Career Advice

Taylor Root UK Trustee network: An interview with Jemilla Olufeko

  • Posted January 17, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Georgia Morgan-Wynne recently spoke to Jemilla Olufeko, Global Legal Counsel at WPP about being a Trustee for Sydenham Arts. What does your organisation do? My organisation is a charity called Sydenham Arts. Based in South East London, our mission is “to provide, promote, and advance […]
  • Career Advice

Taylor Root UK Trustee Network: An interview with Ofei Kwafo-Akoto, GLP

  • Posted January 16, 2024
As part of our interview series for our Trustee Network, Taylor Root Partner, Georgia Morgan-Wynne recently spoke to Ofei Kwafo-Akoto Head of Legal – Europe at GLP about being a Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. What does your Trustee organisation do? The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award is a youth charity that supports young people from all walks […]

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