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Corporate to Community initiative puts business managers on charity boards

Melanie May | 16 January 2020 | News

An initiative has launched in Scotland that puts middle and senior business managers on charity boards to help both sides develop new skills and learn from each other. 
Corporate to Community is run by charity consultancy and recruitment agency, BTA. Following a successful pilot with Royal Bank of Scotland, which saw it place several managers on to the boards of Scottish charities, it will work with businesses in Scotland and across the UK to link middle and senior managers with rewarding charity board opportunities.
The agency will offer specialist and expert trustee training courses and a matching service to ensure the managers get valuable experience and the charities benefit from skilled leadership and advice.
The service is free for charities, and more information is available from 01786 542 224 or in**@br*****************.com.

BTA Joint Chief Executive Abeer Macintyre said:

“Everybody wins with this programme. Charities need exceptional leaders – never more so than now. More companies want to help charities through their CSR programmes. And their managers want the opportunity to develop personally and professionally through rewarding charity trusteeships.”

David McIntosh, an RBS relationship director, said:

“The full extent of my charity involvement before was tidying gardens and painting doors. I have joined the board of Care and Repair Edinburgh – it’s really interesting and it feels as if I am adding real value. Both sides benefit. It gives me a more strategic feel and I get the chance to meet lots of different people.”

BTA is being supported by Business in the Community on the programme.
BITC Scotland Director Alan Thornburrow said:

“It’s common sense that BITC supports Corporate to Community as it meets the needs of both businesses and charities, for the good of Scotland.
“Businesses need to nurture and develop their talent to create long-term resilience and sustainability and charities need effective trustees to achieve their charitable objectives. This initiative does both, so it’s a win-win.”