YMCA Trinity Group is a charity covering the whole of Cambridgeshire and Suffolk which supports young people to realise their full potential on their journey from dependence to independence. Established for over 160 years and having grown through the merger of smaller YMCA organisations in the Eastern region, it is now one of the largest YMCA groups in the UK.
Antonia Maclean, Trustee of the YMCA Trinity Group, was tasked with leading the recruitment of a Non-Executive Chair to the charity’s Board. For this particular role, she wanted to explore a broader network and to talk to a wider range of people.
She explained: “Although the role is voluntary, it is absolutely critical to the charity and a lot of people depend on it. We have a very strong Board in place but I know from experience that if the Chair does not pass muster then trustees will leave. We wanted to treat this recruitment process with the same importance as a paid position and to ensure there was dedicated time and focus applied to finding the right person.”