National Trustees Week: Spotlight on Tony Aston

To celebrate National Trustees Week, we wanted to shine the spotlight on one of our trustees. Tony Aston joined Bethphage as a trustee in 2015, he brings a range of experience and knowledge to our board of trustees.

We recently awarded Tony at our 2022 Staff Conference for all his help over the pandemic, which included delivering test-kits and PPE to our services and we are excited to have this opportunity during Trustees Week to talk to Tony about his role as one of our trustees.

Our interview with Tony Aston:

What is the role of a trustee?

The main duties of a Trustee are to:
  • Ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
  • Comply with the charity’s governing documents and the law
  • Act in the charity’s best interests
  • Ensure the charity is accountable
  • Manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • Act with reasonable care and skill

What was your background before coming to Bethphage?

I spent my working life in the sales and marketing environment in a number of commercial companies, and being involved with a number of products as diverse as toothpaste, toilet tissue, crisps, toasters and commercial catering equipment.

What is your favourite thing about being a trustee?

My favourite thing about my working life and perhaps especially about Bethphage are the people that I have interacted with. My recent experience of delivering the test-kits has allowed me the pleasure of meeting a number of our staff and quite frankly marveling at the work they have been doing under the most trying of circumstances – I’d like to say well done to them all!

What do you get out of being a trustee?

Payback for me is working with a Board and our Executive Management Team who really understand the sector, are unified and united in their approach to making Bethphage the best it can be and have their colleagues’ interests at heart as their number one priority.

The word “team” features a lot in our board meetings and that is as it should be as we strive to do our best for both staff and the people we support.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a trustee, fill out the contact form below, and if you’d like to read more about all of our trustees, click here.

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