In your experience, what are the benefits of working with Cranfield Trust?
I have worked as a volunteer consultant with Cranfield Trust since late 2001. I consider my role to be that of a critical friend, with a listening ear and a guiding hand. Over the years I have developed a deep sense of satisfaction and personal pride when supporting charity projects. It is very rewarding to feel that you are helping to make a difference.
What did you learn from working with Cranfield Trust?
Not only have I have learned more about the charity sector and the very specific challenges they face, but I have learned much more about myself. Different ways of thinking, of giving back and of being more effective. My volunteer role with Cranfield Trust balances and enhances the other work that I do, and as such is an integral part of my professional story.
Why would you recommend others to support/work with Cranfield Trust?
Working as a volunteer with Cranfield Trust has given me the opportunity to become part of a unique community of practice, with like-minded, passionate and committed consultants. The work is stimulating and diverse and of huge benefit to the charities we work with. Volunteers are supported from the outset to help empower charities to operate more successfully. The relationships that volunteers build with charities rely on joint working and cooperation, and the outcomes are impactful and powerful. In my experience, charities are always delighted to be working with Cranfield Trust, and with volunteers, and they speak highly of the Trust’s professional approach and integrity.
What is special about Cranfield Trust and why does it matter?
I first learned about Cranfield Trust and why it is so special from a dear friend and mentor of mine who was a co-founder and an early volunteer. He was present in 1988 when HRH the Princess Royal challenged MBA students and Alumni of Cranfield University to use their combined skills to benefit the voluntary sector. Thus Cranfield Trust was established, with huge enthusiasm and an inspired vision for all voluntary organisations to have the management expertise they need to thrive. This vision has formed the guiding principles for the Trust ever since and has never wavered.
Voluntary sector organisations provide services that are crucial in our lives, yet they continue to struggle against the backdrop of escalating demand and unprecedented challenges. Because of this, I believe that the work of Cranfield Trust is needed now more than ever.