My name is Alison Rankin and I have been a Boardroom Apprentice with Relate NI as part of the 2018-2019 programme. I was delighted to have been selected to join the board of Relate NI. As a psychotherapist, Relate was an organisation I was keen to learn more about and felt passionate about being able to support. From day one the team have been very welcoming. As part of my induction I met with the Chief Executive, Duane and the senior management team. They took time to chat through the services Relate provide and I was thrilled to have been given a book on the history of the organisation.
Attending the board meetings has given me the opportunity to understand how they operate and how decisions are made. I was assigned a board buddy, Aidan, who was a great support. He took time to meet with me and to answer the many questions I had and didn't make me feel like any of the questions were stupid or irrelevant!
Relate NI really made me feel that I was a valued part of the team. I attended and contributed to their strategy away day and feel that over the course of the year I have learned so much about Relate and the great work the staff and trustees do. The training received through the boardroom apprentice really equipped me to understand better the responsibilities of a trustee, to build my own confidence in the boardroom setting and to challenge my perception that I may be 'too young' to be a trustee! In short I would highly recommend Relate as an organisation to get involved with.
The Boardroom Apprentice is now accepting applications for the 2019 cohort. You can find out everything you need to know by visiting www.strictlyboardroom.com/apprentice. Applications close on 20 May 2019.