Although I’m not originally British, I grew up in London and considered myself a Londoner. It was 13 years ago that I moved to Northamptonshire with my husband and twin daughters. I didn’t know anything about the area before moving here but instantly fell in love with the beautiful countryside.
Working in London full time has made it tricky for me to engage with life in Northampton and the county in general. I felt that the best way for me to increase my local knowledge would be to become involved with the Foundation in a meaningful way.
I was introduced to the charity by my husband who invited me to a number of events organised by the brilliant team; the first of which was the annual awards. I was really impressed with the professionalism of the team and the work that they do in supporting such a vast array of people delivering brilliant services to our community.
The biggest draw for me being involved was the opportunity to network with members of the community as well as with my Trustee peers, all of whom know the county well. This I know will increase my sense of pride in what is a phenomenal but under-rated county and will also help me improve my local knowledge.
Another reason for joining the foundation was to “give back” to my community. I had been a “taker” for thirteen years and I want to give in the way in which I know best; by using my professional expertise to help support the CEO and the incredibly talented team working at the Foundation.
Finally, whilst I am very fulfilled in my career in the private sector, I have always been passionate about the charity sector. The landscape in the not-for profit sector has changed so much in the last 10 years, with much less support being provided by the government and local councils. The Foundation has had to be nimble and adapt to this changing landscape in ensuring sustained growth so that they can continue to support the people who provide so much to our community.
I’m very excited about being part of such a talented team and look forward to being able to make a contribution.
Read Janine’s full profile on Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s website.