Trustees' Week 2016 - introducing Ian Graves
It’s day two of Trustees’ Week, and today we would like you to meet, Ian Graves, who sits on our Board of Trustees.
I am an Electrical Engineer and have since broadened my qualifications to include post graduate leadership and management skills. I've worked in the electricity transmission and distribution sector as well as running a power station. More recently I've become a Director at National Grid where amongst other things my team and I develop electrical interconnectors between the UK and Europe.
What roles does a Trustee undertake on behalf of a charity?
As a Trustee I am here to ensure proper governance of the charity and to support the excellent team of staff and volunteers. In addition to my active role on our Board, I sit on our audit and risk committee and chair our HR committee.
Why did you want to become a charity Trustee?
Becoming a charity trustee enables me to give back to the community in which my family and I live.
Why did you choose to apply for a Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC) trusteeship?
MAAC is a great cause and something my wife and I care deeply about. Our ability to have such a dramatic effect on people's lives, as well as working with some inspirational people is really rewarding. Helicopters are cool too!
What projects have you been specifically involved with for the charity?
Shortly after joining the Board we made the strategic decision to purchase a brand new helicopter to replace one of the three we lease. The process was very comprehensive and thorough and my commercial business experience helped with the transaction and my understanding of what was required.
What are you especially proud of in your time as a Trustee?
I'm most proud of the successful missions completed by the teams – inspirational. I'm also very proud of our fundraising team for working so hard each day to help us achieve the income we need to maintain our service.
What are the challenges facing Trustees and your thoughts on how Trustees face these challenges?
Trustees of any charity are acutely aware of how important it is to ensure that we are involved with a safe, professional organisation which is keeping our promise to the donors, staff and community. We all take this responsibility very seriously at MAAC to ensure that our actions and conduct is always proper and correct.
What do you like to do outside of work / your trusteeship?
Outside of work and my Trusteeship, my wife and I like to travel, enjoying trips to the US and Europe. I'm a keen sports fan who loves football, cricket and American sports and can be found watching those whenever I am able.