Nikki Armstrong, Relate NI Boardroom Apprentice 2021/22
I had a strong preference for a placement with Relate NI so I was thrilled when I found out I would be joining the Board for the year. I am passionate about Relate NI’s mission of supporting healthy relationships and it was important to me to put my time and energy into an organisation that aligned with my core values. An apprentice can get a good foundation in what it means to be a board member through the Boardroom Apprentice learning days, but the real-life experience you can get through your host board is invaluable and if you can get that in an area that matters to you, that you care about, then the whole experience is much more meaningful. Ultimately, I believe you will do a better a job.
From first contact, Aidan (Chair) and Duane (CEO) were welcoming and enthusiastic about me joining the team and the Boardroom Apprentice programme generally. I was lucky enough to be able to attend my first board meeting face to face and it was immediately clear to me that the trustees on the Board had a great way of working. The environment was informal, but always professional and the input of Relate NI staff valued. The trustees were knowledgeable and efficient, but also friendly and human. I can see why the Board wins good governance awards!