Borough Market is currently recruiting new trustees. Bengü Said, interim chair of the trustees of Borough Market, explains why this voluntary role is both challenging and enriching
Being a trustee of Borough Market, an organisation with a rich history and a global reputation, is a real privilege. But it also carries with it a significant responsibility: this is an institution that has been serving the people of London in one form or another for around 1,000 years, and it is the task of its trustees to ensure that it continues to thrive long into the future, for the benefit of subsequent generations. For anyone who cares about food and people and wants to give something back to the local community, taking on the task of fulfilling that responsibility is a genuinely enriching experience.
Borough Market is run by a charitable trust, and the trustees are all volunteers, drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds. As a charity, we are expected to provide a market as an amenity for the public, but also play a role in the wider debate around food and its impact on society, the environment and public health.
This year, the Market is undergoing some exciting changes, and we are currently looking to recruit some new trustees to help us shape the next stage of its development, by working with the other trustees, staff and, most importantly, our traders and customers to make sure it is the best possible market it can be.
We are hoping to hear from people with diverse backgrounds, both culturally and professionally. Our ideal candidates will live locally, show a clear understanding of the way the Market operates, and if they have a particular specialism, be keen to share their expertise in an open and generous way. Above all else, though, we are looking for enthusiastic people who have:
— a demonstrable love of Borough Market
— a willingness to give back to the community
— time to devote to the role
As well as playing an active role on the trust’s board, you would also be expected to sit on and contribute to the work of at least one of its sub committees and working groups.
The closing date for applications, which consist of a CV and a personal statement (of no more than two pages) is 5pm on 22nd November 2019, and interviews will take place in early December.