Trustees Week: Why I became a trustee


This week is Trustees’ Week and we are sharing some stories of why our trustees joined Epilepsy Scotland. Below Lesley Carruthers shares her trustee story.


Why did you join Epilepsy Scotland as a trustee?

I wanted to give something back to society.


What is your background in terms of skills and experience?

I have marketing experience, specifically marketing of professional services and have quite widespread experience of committees. Also, I am Director of 3 businesses, including one in Rhu which offers maritime training courses, both theory and practical, to commercial and private individuals. Furthermore, I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.


What are the main responsibilities of being a trustee?

One of the main ones is making sure that money is spent in the most effective and efficient manner, in line with the organisation’s objectives.


How do you make sure you are being effective/doing a good job both individually and as a board?

Good question. Hard to answer. Primarily based on feedback from external and internal stakeholders.


What’s been the best thing about being a trustee so far?

Working with so many committed, dedicated and altruistic people.


What’s the hardest thing been?

Making difficult decisions regarding staffing and priorities to ensure that funds are spent well and wisely and that expenditure doesn’t exceed budget.


What would you say to anyone who was looking to become a trustee?

If you’re prepared to put the effort in and commit, it can be extremely worthwhile.