Become a Trustee

Have you ever considered becoming a Charity Trustee? Then why not think about joining the Oaklea Trust Board?

Above: CEO Clive Wigley welcoming (then new in 2020) Trustee Maxine on board

We are always on the look out for people with a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to help steer the organisation.

We are looking to recruit new enthusiastic Trustees/Board members for our forward thinking charitable organisation. We are seeking the right person as a representative from any of the following areas; County Durham, Northumberland and also Cumbria.

Sign me up - As of November 2021 -New Chair of Trustees - Chris Harris

As a member of the Board you will work closely with the Chair of the Board, Chris Harris and Oaklea’s Chief Executive, Clive Wigley, as well as the rest of the Executive Team to help shape the strategic direction of the company, including budget scrutiny, analysis of income & expenditure reports, and review of new project costings.

Oaklea recompenses Trustees for valid travel and subsistence expenses incurred on approved Oaklea business.

Window on the world: Trustee Susie Grainger taking the our “Work & Learn” team on a tour of Lowther Estates near Penrith - the role of a Trustee is never dull!

If you are passionate about making a difference to the lives of disabled and disadvantaged children and adults or just feel this is an area you would like to develop your skills & knowledge, then you could be the person we are looking for.

Call us for an informal chat with Chris or Clive T: 01539 735025 or E:

What does being a Trustee entail - here’s what some of our existing and former Trustees say:

Linda Adey; (below) “What a friendly, supportive group of ‘real’ people I’ve found my trustee colleagues to be! By ‘real’ I mean they all have full and busy lives too so are understanding of others who work under time constraints too.”

New Trustees undergo a full induction to help get ‘under the skin’ of what makes the Oaklea Trust tick - in February 2019 Andy Scott did just that - here you can see him with CEO Clive getting the lowdown on Oaklea. In 2020 Andy stepped up to become Chair of Trustees - stepping down in Autumn 2021 - but remains on the Board.

As well as visiting some Oaklea supported living properties, Andy also got to see first hand the sheer variety of Oaklea Trust work - like our CIC Right2Work (R2W). Here he was able to see all the recycling that goes on at The Furniture Warehouse.

Being a Trustee isn’t just about helping oversee the organisation - you can also get involved in all kinds of different projects - here you can see former Chair Cate Grimes with MBA students from Lancaster University who were assisting Oaklea with a feasibility study into a possible new project:

On the dotted line: Being Chair of Trustees also involves having to sign important documents -here you can see our former Chair, Andy, in January 2021 - the Covid pandemic has created extra challenges & Trustees play a vital role in the smooth running of the organisation.

Would you like to find out more? We can call you back.

Simply provide us a few details and we’ll call you at a time to suit you.

When is the best time for us to call you?

Contact us.

Second Floor,
East Wing,
Station House, Station Road, Kendal
Cumbria LA9 6RY

Telephone. 01539 735 025