2017 Shortlist | George House Trust
George House Trust
Shortlist – Board Diversity and Inclusivity
Who they are
George House Trust works with anyone affected by HIV to provide compassionate, non-judgmental and experienced support.
What they’ve achieved
Over 60% of George House Trust’s board are living with HIV. This wealth of personal experience provides invaluable insight into the real-world issues the Trust’s service-users face every day.
An annual audit enables the Trust to highlight any skills or diversity gaps within the organisation while a bespoke Trustee Preparation Programme encourages more members to get involved in governance. This progressive approach ensures a rich diversity of people shaping decision-making and delivering better services.
George House Trust has succeeded in putting service users at the heart of its governance. It’s clear that inclusion is part of the makeup of this organisation both in its membership structure and commitment to engagement.
The charity’s recruitment processes and induction demonstrate good practice in supporting diversity and inclusion. The judges commented on how well the charity had “a sense of who its service users were” and complimented its trustee preparation programme that supports service users in becoming more involved in the organisation’s governance.
George House Trust is using its trustees’ experiences and knowledge of HIV services to inform and give insight into decision-making and using its board appraisal process to improve and develop inclusion and support.