Outside of your ‘job’ do you take on additional roles on boards and committees?
I’ve sat on boards and committees over the past 5 years. When asked why it always comes back to one thing - I want to give back and I want to learn.
💔 My first board position was with Chris’s House - Centre for Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Suicide. When the opportunity came up to join the board I jumped at the chance. After loosing my big brother to suicide and seeing the amazing work Chris’s House do I said yes without a thought. It was a given, I wanted to be part of something that would stop someone else going through the heartache of losing a loved one to suicide.
🦺 Next up was the West of Scotland IOSH Branch. I was approached by a lovely gentleman on a construction site in the north of Scotland who didn’t ask but told me he was bringing me along to the next meeting to meet the committee and that I would make a great committee member. Like that I was nominated and joined the team! Why - because I wanted to learn from others and I wanted to connect with more safety professionals.
🏂 And my latest one is with NSASC - Newmilns Snow and Sports Complex. This one sits firmly with ‘giving back’. So yes, I’m going to get a chance to practise my snowboarding skills, as they’re pretty damn bad. But when I heard about their why and the work they do to provide a fun supportive service to the community and beyond and their focus on young people's mental health it was a yes from me, and thankfully after a number of interviews it was a yes from them!
So if you’re sitting on the fence and not sure if taking on a board / committee role is for you here’s 5 reasons why you should consider it:
1️⃣ Develop and Strengthen Leadership Skills: Sitting on a committee enables you to develop and strengthen their leadership skills and abilities in areas such as decision-making, problem-solving, and communication.
2️⃣ Networking Opportunities: Participating on a committee is a great way to build relationships and create networking opportunities with diverse individuals and organisations.
3️⃣ Gain Experience and Knowledge: Sitting on a committee allows you to gain experience and knowledge in a particular field or area of interest, as well as learn about different industries and organisations.
4️⃣ Stay Informed: Participating in a committee enables you to stay up-to-date on the latest trends and developments in their field.
5️⃣ Contribute to the Community: Sitting on a committee is a great way to make a positive contribution to the community by working together with other committee members to achieve a common goal.
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