Caroline Curtis has been a member of the management committee at Mind, the mental health charity, for just over a year.
As a chartered psychologist with a keen interest in mental health, Caroline wanted to use her professional skills and experience to help the charity in its work. Aged 47 and living in Wandsworth, London, Caroline has previously been a school governor and has experience of sitting on management committees, but the opportunity with Mind has allowed her to find a new outlet where her work-based knowledge is highly valued.
“The experience has augmented my skills,” Caroline says. “Being on the Mind management committee is so rewarding, allowing me to meet my personal commitment to the charity’s strategy and direction, but the experience of board-level volunteering can also take you out of your comfort zone, so you really grow and develop alongside your fellow trustees.”
Of everything Caroline has gained personally and professionally from her role with Mind, she says the key thing is that the skills and experience it gives her are transferable back to her day job as Head of Talent, Development and Performance at Santander.
Furthermore, because the Mind management committee meets four times over the course of the year, volunteering fits in with life and other commitments.