Our trustees are a group of volunteers, the majority of which are parent carers themselves, responsible for the behind-the-scenes operation of Unique Ways. Ensuring that we comply with our governing documents and charity laws, maintaining financial control, setting and maintaining our vision, mission and values – a lot of the things that keep us going!
How do you become a trustee?
Our trustees are all volunteers who attend meetings every two months. A minimum of three-quarters of the board must be parent carers, but we do have space for others too.
To find out more about becoming a trustee, you can contact our Chief Executive Officer, Shona Walsh on 01422 343090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver Wilby -Chair of Trustees
I am a senior Project Manager at Lloyds Banking Group, for which project management is the discipline I have worked in for approximately 10 years. I joined the board of trustees for Unique Ways in 2016 as I saw an opportunity use my industry skills and make a difference within the community. Since joining the board, I have recently taken up the position of co-chair of the trustee board (2018), and my key objectives in taking up this position are to ensure we can move the charity from a grant reliant position, to a self-sustainable, self-funding organization, as well as ensuring the services provided to the community and our membership meet the highest standards of excellence.
My role as a trustee has evolved during this time, and as well as working closely with the CEO and other trustees to ensure the organisation is governed appropriately we are also putting structures in place to ensure operating effectively, and that we increase the profile and reach of Unique Ways across the wider community. I have a real passion for supporting charities and community initiatives, and am really proud to be part of the Unique Ways board based on the impact we have on families who need additional support.
Outside of work, I enjoy sporting pursuits such as playing rugby and cycling and also enjoy socializing with family and friends. I’m always trying to do something new, and am presently learning to play the piano and the ukulele, with varying levels of success.
Vikki Darby – Vice Chair
I joined the board of trustee for Unique Ways after using their services as a parent and being so impressed with the invaluable support and information they provided me with, both emotionally and practically, signposting me to courses, people, and services I needed.
Fundraising is my passion at present for the charity, as without funding, a lot of the services provided by Unique Ways wouldn’t be available, as well as the fact that along the journey of fundraising we are spreading the word to other parent/carers who may be struggling and have not yet heard about Unique Ways!
I have lived in Halifax for the majority of my life, and have 3 beautiful daughters with my husband Gareth, who I also like to encourage to help out where possible with fundraising, by signing him up to runs etc. I work at Lloyds Banking Group, who are an amazingly supportive company to me and keen to help with our fundraising efforts which is just fantastic.
In my spare time I enjoy day trips and holidays with the family. It has been said that I’m a bit of a social butterfly as I also enjoy spending time with friends – although obviously I don’t feel that I do this enough!