Meet our Board: Drew McGowan

2nd July 2019

Rewarding – that’s the word which crops up constantly in chatting to Ypeople’s youngest board member about his role.

Drew, who works as a policy officer for West College Scotland, joined our board as a trustee in 2017 and confirms that, two years on from his appointment, he’s really benefited from the experience.

“Getting the chance to see the impact of Ypeople’s work on the individuals it supports is tremendously rewarding.”

“I’d had previous experience of working as a trustee/director for the Scottish Youth Parliament and, when I left university, I knew I wanted to volunteer on the board of a charity if the right opportunity came up.

“I saw the advert for the Ypeople board position and, not knowing much about the organisation, I obviously did my research in advance. I’m happy to admit that it’s really exceeded my expectations.

“The last couple of years have been so interesting – we’ve completed the successful merger with the Young Women’s Movement, become the first charity in Scotland to adopt the PIE model, implemented a new business strategy and created a new values framework for the organisation.”

However, Drew confirms that his board role hasn’t created any difficulties in terms of managing his time.

“It mainly involves attending board meetings and operational performance meetings every quarter as well as the occasional away day. It’s a very flexible arrangement and really doesn’t demand a big time commitment.”

Drew also says that, while he has enjoyed bringing his skills and knowledge to the board, he has benefited personally from his role as a trustee.

“I’ve learned so much in my time here about different issues and activities such as mentoring, after school care and supported accommodation.

“The experience I’ve gained has certainly been useful in my own job.”

Drew, who also volunteers as a young carers mentor with Volunteer Glasgow, wants to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.

“The average age of a trustee is 61 and only two per cent of charities have young people on their boards. We want our board to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Scotland and that means attracting more women, people from ethnic minorities, representatives of the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities.

“I can’t recommend it highly enough – anyone who becomes part of our team can be assured they’re joining a values-driven charity with a first class staff and leadership team who really make a positive difference to the lives of the people they support.”

If you would be interested in becoming the newest voice on our Board, please visit our vacancies page to learn more – Board Member Vacancy

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