Trustees are elected by our registered Supporter group. There is the opportunity for new Trustees to join each year when we hold our Annual General Meeting. Our constitution allows us to have up to 12 Trustees. Currently we have 7. However, 2 of our trustees are stepping down soon, so we’d love to hear from you if you are interested in the role.
What does it mean to be a Trustee?
Trustees take the legal responsibility for the smooth running of the organisation. Currently this is not an onerous responsibility as our organisation is quite small, nevertheless it is important that trustees are willing to play their part in ensuring:
- that Bristol Insight stays focused and achieves its objectives for the benefit of the wider community (see below for our charity objective statement)
- that our activities are open to all to enjoy in a safe and respectful environment
- that our resources are used effectively and appropriately
- that Bristol Insight is open and accountable to the Charity Commission, our supporters, people participating in activities and the wider community.
To be a trustee a person needs to:
- be at least 16 and eligible to be a trustee
- be a Supporter of Bristol Insight Meditation
- act in the best interests of Bristol Insight Meditation
- not profit personally from their role.
The jobs carried out by the trustee group are centred on:
- developing future plans and strategy
- overseeing our activities
- developing our communications
- ensuring our funds and other resources are used effectively and appropriately
How much time will I need to give to the role?
Trustees usually stand for 3 years. However you can stand down before then if need be.
At present trustee meetings of 1.5 hours happen every two months. There’s sometimes up to 30 minutes of follow up activity, which means that the time commitment is roughly an hour or so a month.
Our charity objective
In June 2015 that the Charity Commission accepted the following objective for Bristol Insight:
To advance the education of the public in the subject of meditation and the teachings of the Buddha in particular but not exclusively by supporting and encouraging the study and practice of Buddhist insight meditation (also known as Vipassana meditative practice) for the benefit of people in Bristol and the surrounding areas.
How to I become a trustee?
If you have relevant skills and a keen interest in the above you would be welcome to put yourself forward as a trustee. Please have a look at our information about Bristol Insight Meditation before the Annual Sangha Celebration Day and then if you want more information, or want to put yourself forward please get in touch with Max Beseke at firstname.lastname@example.org he will be happy to have a chat about it. More information on being a trustee can also be found here on the Charity Commission’s website:
Geoff has been meditating for longer than he cares to remember, and has been doing regular retreats at Gaia House since discovering it when training to be an MBCT teacher in 2013 at Exeter University. He works mainly as a psychologist in the NHS and teaches courses in mindfulness and self-compassion.
Joss joined the trustees in 2020 having practised meditation since 1988 and Insight practise since 2008. She is on the day retreats organising team and co facilitates the introduction to meditation groups. She is an art therapist, and mindfulness teacher with many years service in the NHS, charity and education sectors as well as private practise.
Lesley joined the trustees in summer 2019 and has a background in health services research. She started practising insight meditation in 2008. She has been attending Bristol Insight Meditation events, mainly the self-led group which she co-facilitates, since 2015. Lesley runs the nature meditation monthly group and is keen to introduce others to the many benefits of outdoor practice.