Focus: Finance and Governance - Trustee talk - Angus MacLennan, vice-chair, the Eve Appeal

On one of the main issues of the day, I think there is a case for paying trustees - especially when it comes to larger charities that need to bring in professional competencies that balance the skill set on the trustee board.

It is possible, after all, that by not paying trustees, charities are potentially compromising the quality and competence available to them.

You could say they would be missing out on having the best people if a bit of money would help those people to come on board.

At the level of my own organisation, the Eve Appeal, I don't think we should do it - in my opinion, our trustees have a deep belief in what the whole thing is there for and what the charity is setting out to do.

I would not wish to be paid.

We currently have seven trustees at the Eve Appeal, and one thing we want to do is to recruit more. Given the nature of the charity and the fact that it's a women's cause - the Eve Appeal raises money for research into ovarian cancer - we'd like to attract more female trustees. We're working on that now and are trying to recruit new trustees through networking and friendly chats.

I have been a trustee for almost four years, and the amount of time I commit to the charity varies. Last year I was in between jobs, so for nearly four months I was coming into the Eve Appeal office three or four days a week.

At the time, of course, the Eve Appeal was in a fairly embryonic form.

It was at that stage in a charity's development when it needed help to get itself sorted and established on a professional footing.

In daily life, I'd say my involvement is on an 'as needs' basis. Sometimes this will mean I am on the phone or emailing something to do with the appeal every single day for some time. Then there might be radio silence for weeks.

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