The Odyssians AGM will take place on 16th August 2018 at Woodlarks Campsite. This year there have been 7 applicants for Trustee roles, and the Trustees for 2017/2018 have put all names forward for a block vote for all members (as per the detail on this page). To help inform your votes, all prospective Trustees have been asked to put together a short manifesto outlining why they want to be a Trustee and what they will bring to the role. The manifestos are included below, including the specific role that has been applied for.
I’ve been Chair of Odyssians for the past two years and have been working on improving the way we organise camp each year. My aim is to continue to make Odyssians even more accessible to everyone, both during camp as well as throughout the planning. I want to make Odyssians even more transparent so that everyone can see the decisions made by the trustees and how we are working together to make Odyssians better for all.
I became a trustee when Odyssians registered as a charity and have been a volunteer at Odyssians for 12 years. I have become involved in the safeguarding processes, coordinated the applications each year, and will have been your camp leader for the first time this summer! Having been an unofficial secretary to the current secretary, Jamie Sawyer, I’m keen to just do the work myself and feel I am well placed to do this, having seen what’s been involved for the past year or two.
I have been acting as the Treasurer for Odyssians for a year now. My main job is the management and recording of Odyssians’ income and expenditure. This also involves producing the annual financial report presented at the AGM. In the future, I hope to be able to streamline our accounting process through the use of accounting software, and to find new ways to increase the number of charitable donations we receive.
As the oldest Odyssians camper, I bring a wealth of experience from a unique standpoint (sitpoint?). I was Odyssians treasuer for 17 years, so have first-hand knowledge of how the charity is run & what is expected of a trustee, from attending various meetings throughout the year, to directly contributing to the organisation of the camp-week itself. Odyssians is an organisation & family that I love & I wish to continue to be involved as a trustee.
I have been a committee member for over 10 years, and became a Trustee when Odyssians registered as a charity. My expertise is in charity law, health and safety and compliance. I also look after our kitchen during the week of camp. I seek re-election as a Trustee for a further term.
After the last 2 years of being Secretary of Odyssians, I have worked to simplify and streamline a lot of our processes to make them easier and more accessible. I feel that I have helped in that process enough to make the Secretary position open to others, so I would like to step back into a standard Trustee role, allowing me to focus on improving other areas of the Charity from an IT perspective. In particular two of my main goals for 2018/2019 are to streamline and automate repetitive parts of the application process and to improve the website’s performance.
I’ve been a trustee for a year now and I’m enjoying learning in more detail how camp is run. I would love to continue as a trustee in order to further this learning and continue to help planning the best week of the year.