Age UK Cheshire East bid a fond farewell to one of its longstanding trustees, when Ian Ross stepped down as a Trustee at the local charity’s recent Annual Meeting. Ian Ross was first appointed to the Charity’s Board in 2006 and during his twelve years on the Board has seen many changes, both in the type and number of services provided by the charity, but also in the increasingly challenging environment in which it operates. At the Annual Meeting, Ian looked back on his role as trustee “During my time at Age UK Cheshire East, I have come to understand how much support is needed for the elderly in our society, and how lonely it can be for sufferers and carers who need someone to help. Age UK Cheshire East provides this help through its hardworking and dedicated staff, and as a trustee, I have been proud to support them in their work.” As a result of Ian’s retirement, the Board is now undergoing a recruitment campaign to seek new people to join the Board and help the charity continue its valuable work in supporting thousands of local older people each year. The Charity is particularly interested in hearing from anyone with financial; fundraising; marketing or digital skills, who could further strengthen the Board to ensure it continues its effective oversight of the charity. Ian concluded “Experienced Trustees are essential to the support structures of these local charities, giving the benefit of experience such as finance, law, human resources and communication. To give time in supporting a charity by acting as a Trustee, supporting a hardworking team, and seeing the gratitude of the people we help is one of the most rewarding experiences around. ”The Charity’s Board currently has six trustees, and is looking to appoint up to three new trustees in this new round of recruitment. Further details of how to apply for the role of Trustee can be found on the charity’s website at www.ageukce.org or by calling 01625 612958.