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TRUSTEES WEEK: VICTORIA WALDEN

This week, we are celebrating Trustees Week (4-8 November)!

We are delighted to have recently welcomed 3 new Trustees to the Cinema For All Board. We asked newly Elected Trustee, Victoria Walden, some questions about her experience so far, and what advice she would give to anyone thinking of becoming a Trustee.

Why did you decide to become a trustee of Cinema For All?
I started volunteering at Deptford Cinema – a volunteer run film and art space in South East London – in 2017. I was very quickly hooked! I thought Deptford Cinema was one of a kind, but when I was introduced to Cinema for All through the annual conference and awards ceremony, I discovered there were so many more community cinemas across the country.

I have been fortunate to work with incredibly established and first time filmmakers on collaborative projects at Deptford Cinema, and to co-lead a travelling cinema for older people in our borough. When the opportunity arose to get involved with Cinema for All, I jumped at the chance to support the role of cinema in communities at a national level.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Trustee?
I was only elected as Trustee in September at the AGM at the annual conference, so I’m still very new and looking forward to completing my induction, my first board meeting, and coming out to visit community cinemas across the UK next year. If you would welcome a visit from me, please do get in touch! I’m really excited about learning what different groups are doing.

Do you have any advice for people who want to become a Trustee?
Do it! As an elected Trustee, you will be representing the voices of community cinema. There is a lot to take in during the first few months, particularly in relation to understand charity governance and regulations. However, you can’t be expected to retain it all on the first read. Keep referring back to documents regularly and most importantly never be afraid to ask questions! Even as the newbie, I have felt incredibly welcomed by the Cinema for All staff and Trustees. There is a great induction programme and you’ll get a supportive mentor too!

TRUSTEES WEEK: JANE MEHTA

This week, we are celebrating Trustees Week (4-8 November)!

We are delighted to have recently welcomed 3 new wonderful Trustees to the Cinema For All Board. We asked Board Member, Jane Mehta, some questions about her experience so far, and what advice she would give to anyone thinking of becoming a Trustee.

Why did you decide to become a trustee of Cinema For All?

I saw the advert for the trustee role, looked at the website, liked it, listened to a podcast and was hooked. It’s a great fit with the work I do for my local cinema which I helped to found. I felt it was an opportunity to use my love of cinema and my professional skills to spread and share the excitement and joy of cinema!

What do you enjoy most about your role as Trustee?

It’s early days for me. So far I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the team and understanding more about Cinema For All and what it can offer. I really enjoyed the conference in September – the films and debates were stimulating and interesting. I’m also enjoying getting to know Sheffield and I love the train trip North!

Do you have any advice for people who want to become a Trustee?

Work with something you love to do and be really clear about what you have to offer and what the organisation will get from you – it’s a partnership.

TRUSTEES WEEK: REBECCA ELLIS

This week, we are celebrating Trustees Week (4-8 November)!

We are delighted to have recently welcomed 3 new wonderful Trustees to the Cinema For All Board. We asked co-opted Board Member, Rebecca Ellis, some questions about her experience so far, and what advice she would give to anyone thinking of becoming a Trustee.

Why did you decide to become a trustee of Cinema For All?

The importance of Film Education is so important to me, particularly in today’s context where the creative arts continue to become marginalised within the curriculum. By becoming a Trustee I hoped to add value to this already thriving organisation, by helping them develop the educational strands within their strategy. Cinema for All has been an organisation I admire for so long – to be able to help them in any way is an absolute privilege.

What do you enjoy most about your role as Trustee?

Even as a new Trustee, I have already experienced a lot of enjoyment in the role. I have met some extremely dynamic individuals and some great female role models who have already, unknowingly helped me with my confidence levels and how I approach things in my daily working life. I have enjoyed experiencing what goes on behind the scenes of an organisation and figuring out how I can bridge any gaps with my skillset. Of course the Cinema for All Annual Conference and Awards has to be a highlight of my experience so far. I very much enjoyed introducing the Little Shop of Horrors welcome screening and dissecting it further with members throughout the Conference. I was very pleased to be able to shed new light on the film as a masterpiece of cult camp cinema!

Do you have any advice for people who want to become a Trustee?

My advice would be to choose an organisation that excites you, somewhere you feel like you can add value and go for it! Personally for me, the experience has enhanced my knowledge in a range of areas about how a charitable organisation functions.

SOME WORDS FROM OUR TRUSTEES…

What is the best thing about being a trustee of Cinema For All?

Sukayna Najmudin: I have two:

  1. Getting to know the staff, seeing how they work and how much they really believe in the ethos of Cinema For All.
  2. Getting the opportunity to learn about and visit member organisations and seeing the breadth of or industry.

Zoe Ellis Moore: The feeling that everyone on board is very much on the journey with together and making a real difference. I would recommend others to join.

Nadine Thomson: Seeing and hearing about the outcome of the amazing films and events that community cinema groups are creating in their communities. You feel like the work you do as a Trustee has impact on people’s lives.

What have you been involved in while a trustee? 

Sukayna Najmudin:  I always wanted to showcase the amazing work young people do in our industry, and during my time on the board, I’ve worked with the team to look at ways we can expand on how we do this.

What have you gained from the experience? 

Peter Mitchell: Creating the role of secretary which was very necessary in my opinion, recruiting staff including our present CEO. Modifying the Articles of Association to improve how C4A operates, improving admin procedures at board meetings including the actions spreadsheet.

Zoe Ellis Moore: I really feel that it opens up another level of thinking. Adding trustee to my CV is a sure way of drawing attention and validating my capabilities.

Why did you agree to be put forward as a trustee?   

Peter Mitchell: To make a difference.

Sukayna Najmudin:  Initially, I was hesitant to put myself forward, as I’m quite young, being 24 at the time, and I worried that I didn’t have the experience necessary for the position. But I am so passionate about volunteer-run cinema and I really care about the work that Cinema For All does. I think that tops anything else when running for a trustee position, and the members agreed and could see my passion at the AGM.

COULD YOU HELP LEAD CINEMA FOR ALL?

COULD YOU HELP LEAD CINEMA FOR ALL?

We are looking for nominations from our membership for people to stand for the position of elected trustee. The elections will be held at this year’s AGM on the 6 November in Sheffield and there are two positions available. Elected Trustees must be from current, full paid-up Members of Cinema For All.

If you would like to contribute your skills to the Board and help lead, support and grow Cinema For All we would love to hear from you! We are particularly seeking people that have experience in working at a strategic level, fundraising, expertise in marketing and PR, film industry connections and are ambitious leaders. We are particularly interested in seeing nominations from candidates that would increase the diversity of our organisation.

All trustee positions are voluntary, however we pay reasonable expenses.

To express your interest please email Jaq at jaq@cinemaforall.org.uk. You will need your organisation to propose your nomination, and to find another member organisation to second it. All nominations need to be in by 3 October so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested.

Thank you.