People Management: Three minutes with - Ben Summerskill chief executive, Stonewall

You are looking for four new trustees and have decided to hold an open recruitment process for the first time in 16 years. Why? We decided that our trustee recruitment should be based more on skills. We have always had a high calibre of trustee, but it was felt that the wider we cast the net, the better the quality of people we would get applying.

Was it deliberate that the recruitment process was closed previously?

Not really. Trustees were recruited using a variety of methods - they might have been people known to staff here, or people who had come to us, or simply people the chief executive had bumped into at a party. There's nothing unusual in that - it's common within the sector. But we felt it was time to open things up.

Where are you advertising? We have placed adverts in The Voice, the Asian Times and the Pink Paper and we are also using an email cascade that is targeted at individuals we know at various diversity organisations, which we expect to be popular.

We have made a conscious effort to ensure our recruits reflect the wider society we serve, and it's important that under-represented people are aware of this opportunity.

We have had great black and Asian trustees in the past, so we know they are out there.

What kind of people are you looking for? We are looking specifically for people with experience who are based in Scotland, corporate public relations and government affairs.

We want people who are prepared to actively engage in the work we do and who are prepared to commit their time, not just turn up for four meetings a year.

We have always had a real mix of people from all sectors - we don't have a 'one-size-fits-all' model like some charities.

For further information and to submit applications, please contact

The closing date is 5 April.

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