About » Trustees

Where day-to-day management and operations are delegated to staff or volunteers, your Board remains responsible for supervising the Chief Executive (and sometimes other staff) and ensuring that the organisation is being well managed and operating within agreed policies, the law and its budget.

The Trust Board is a group of people who take ultimate responsibility for a charity. The National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s Good Trustee Guide states that the essential Trust Board responsibilities consist of the following:

  • Setting and maintaining the values, vision, and mission of the charity
  • Developing long-term strategy for the charity
  • Establishing and monitoring policies that govern organisational activity
  • Ensuring that the charity’s activities comply with its governing document and objectives
  • Ensuring that the charity fulfils accountability as required by law to The Charity Commission and HM Revenue & Customs. This includes publishing annual reports and accounts
  • Ensuring that the charity’s activities comply with the law
  • Managing the charity’s resources and funding so it can meet its objectives
  • Respecting the role of staff and volunteers and ensuring policies are put in place to guide them and safeguard the interests of the charity
  • Maintaining productive meetings and effective committees
  • Promoting the organisation
  • Supporting the Chief Executive, in addition to reviewing their performance

The individuals that make up Avocet’s Trust Board include:

Lesley Cartwright

Lesley Cartwright was appointed to Avocet’s Trust Board in 2008. Lesley is an experienced legal secretary and former school governor. Married to John Cartwright they have 3 children together, one of whom has multiple special needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Lesley has chosen to be a mother and homemaker for the past 28 years.

Lesley considers Avocet to be going through a very exciting time due to the numerous projects and developments taking shape (such as Neat Marsh Farm) and wished to become part of these changes by putting herself forward as a Trustee.

Sue Baker

Working for the Humberside Probation Trust, Sue is experienced in working to national standards and immediately appreciated the quality and commitment of the people she met at Avocet. Committed to anti discriminatory practice and well versed in Health & Safety and Public Protection issues, Sue transfers her skills to the benefit of Avocet on a regular basis.

Sue loves to visit sites and meet clients especially the Durham Street site. She is a keen gardener and photographer (preferring to be on the other side of the lens!) and is responsible for the whistle blowing policy.

Chris Brown

Chris is owner and managing director of C. McDonald Brown Ltd which is a long established firm of independent financial advisors, Chris also has interests in a printing business and property. He was appointed as a trustee in 2007 and enhances the Trusts access to and experience in the business & finance sectors.

Chris sees his appointment as an opportunity to assist Avocet in going forward in the future as well as giving a little back to society.

Andy Tearle

Andy Tearle is currently Deputy Head Teacher at Kings Mill special school in Driffield.

"I have taught in special education since 1982 at four different schools; three of these being residential schools. I bring this experience alongside 10 years professional part time youth work in Hull and two part time coaching roles with Hull based sports clubs. My association with the Avocet Trust started several years ago developing some provision around the North of the East Riding and then as a trainer for Avocet and Chair of the Brian Crosher Training Board. I love being involved with this organisation".

Florence Cartwright

Florence Cartwright graduated from Hull University with a degree in Creative Writing and English in 2015 and now works for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in the Housing department after spending a year in administration for Support Services. Florence worked as a Publicist and Reporter for Avocet after finishing University which developed her passion for supporting vulnerable people, an area she is hoping to specialise in within the Council. With a close relative having lived with Avocet for the past 8 years, Florence is keen to offer support and ideas to the Trust Board from a relative’s perspective.

Florence has witnessed Avocet’s growth over the years and is excited to be involved with the progressively changing nature of the charity and its inspirational work."


Dyer, P (ed.) 2008 The good trustee guide. NCVO: London

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