I am proud to have been associated with METRO for over eight years as a member of the Board of Trustees and have come to know much about the excellent services it provides to vulnerable communities. It has been wonderful to watch and play a small part in the expansion of these services from London into other parts of the South East, to get to know some of the key players in the charity and appreciate their outstanding commitment and dedication to the people METRO serves.
As my ‘day job’ I work for the NHS and was previously a teacher for 26 years. In my career to date I have learned a great deal about the professional practices of education and also a huge amount about the complexities and breadth of experiences that contribute towards making all of us the people that we are.
As an existing Trustee, and drawing on my experience in the NHS and as a teacher, I believe I have much to offer in terms of expertise, experience and knowledge; and, as a gay man, a personal knowledge and experience in which to contextualise my role as a Trustee in order to make an informed contribution. I have found my work as a Board Member with METRO a valuable opportunity to make good use of my skills and experience for the benefit of others, outside of my usual work setting.
Making an effective contribution to my community is extremely rewarding: a source of pride; an opportunity for personal achievement; the chance to learn and develop new skills; and, perhaps most importantly, the knowledge that through our collective work we could help to empower and enrich the lives of LGBT people, and those of the other people that METRO serves.