Good cause seeks new trustees to help inspire future generations

Library image: Harpur Trust Education conference at Bedford School where the guest speaker was Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE (neuroscientist at the University of Oxford).
Library image: Harpur Trust Education conference at Bedford School where the guest speaker was Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE (neuroscientist at the University of Oxford).

Trustees and committee members are being sought to inspire future generations through Bedford’s Harpur Trust.

The good cause - among the top 100 charities in the UK - has been inspiring and supporting people in Bedford Borough for almost 450 years.

Over the last decade it has been awarded more than £9.8 million in grants and educated thousands of pupils at its four schools.

The trust is led by a dedicated team of volunteers, known as trustees, who form the board of directors and are legally responsible for the trust’s activities.

Ian McEwen, a trustee for twelve years said: “Being a trustee is a kind of Frankenstein mixture: on one hand trying to do as much good as we can for our community in Bedford, and on the other trying to run a sizeable business well, so that it will still be helping people in another 450 years.

“It has given me the chance to be involved in a huge range of projects and tasks. The reward is sometimes the completion of a flagship building, sometimes it really is the smile on a child’s face, and sometimes it is even the absence of a disaster.”

>Who can apply?

The trust is particularly looking for people from the local community who have significant experience in law, financial management, marketing, education, health, science or technology.

Trust employees and people aged 70 plus cannot be elected as trustees.

To find out more meet with the existing trustees during an information evening on Thursday, March 19 at 6.30pm at The Higgins, Castle Lane, Bedford. To book a place call Debbie Tooth on 01234 369533 by Thursday, March 12.