#InspireList – Ramneek Sohal

We ask Ramneek Sohal trustee of The Prince’s Trust and what she thinks are the key barriers to becoming a trustee if you are from an under represented group?

Submissions to the list are continuing to be accepted online, and the list will be refreshed quarterly, in order to continue building a broader picture of trustee racial and ethnic diversity.

What do you think are the key barriers to becoming a trustee if you are from an under represented group?
Many trustee roles aren’t known or managed by executive search firms, they are known within a small circle and many are filled by referrals or recommendations from those who are already trustees. Also many people from diverse backgrounds are not aware of trustee roles and the value in it can bring to them and their development, as well as the value they can give to charities. It’s not necessarily an option they’ve ever considered.

What do you think needs to be done to encourage more people to become trustees?
More awareness and advocacy is required.

How pleased you are to have been included on the list?
I’m pleased to be included on the list so that it inspires others to join a charity board and make a difference. Many charities require support and if you are in a position where you can offer support, it’s a very rewarding experience. You also get more out of it than you think and a trustee role can be quite varied; you can learn a lot.

Why did you want to become a trustee?
I wanted to use my skills and capabilities to make a difference and advocate for a cause I believe in. In one of the charities I support, you can really see the impact the charity has on young people; it changes lives. To be able to contribute in making a difference to people’s lives is a wonderful and fulfilling experience.

Why do you think the Inspire List matters?
It matters because representation and inclusion at all levels in an organisation is incredibly important. Having diverse voices around a table drives better decision-making and ensures charities meets it’s purpose and objectives effectively

Our commitment to diversity & inclusion

Trustees Unlimited believes that diverse boards strengthen society. We will strive to remove the barriers that prevent people from applying to become trustees and help our clients to recruit and support people with a wide range of skills and lived experience.

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