Harmesh Lakhanpaul OBEView Other Trustees
- HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRUSTEE OF PCVS?
I joined as Trustee of Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service ( PCVS ) more than 15 years ago, when PCVS was headed by John Cunningham as it’s then Chief Executive Officer ( CEO )
- WHY DID YOU WANT TO BECOME A TRUSTEE?
At the time of joining PCVS as a Trustee, I was working as the Director of Peterborough Racial Equality Council ( PREC )...another local voluntary sector organisation.
I saw PCVS as part of the glue holding voluntary sector together. Thus, Becoming a Trustee of PCVS were to provide me opportunities to engage and support the wonderful people in wider sector of community organisations who provide care and make a difference to the quality of life to local people. I was also impressed with the commitment of PCVS staff and their volunteers, I wanted to help a great organisation to achieve its potential.
- WHEN YOU ARE NOT WORKING AS A TRUSTEE WHAT YOU DO?
I am retired from paid job, but I engage with and support a number of charitable/ voluntary causes on “ad hoc” basis. I also spend some time in Finding “mySELF” and to Know “mySELF” with the aim of moving “Toward Awareness.”
- WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT AS A TRUSTEE FOR PCVS?
My proudest achievement so far has been my involvement in the Trustee’s decision to appoint Leonie McCarthy as new CEO of PCVS under the leadership/Chairmanship of David Copeland. In addition to working with Board of Trustees to support & shape the work and strategic direction of PCVS, I have also been able to help and support COMMUNITIES TEAM on some specific project(s)...the best part of my role being Seeing the team gain confidence and make progress.
- WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONSIDERING BECOMING A TRUSTEE?
If you’d like to make a contribution to the future of your community, investigate the charities in your local area and get involved with the ones that appeal to you. Everyone has a value. Everyone has the potential and it is always great to “give something back”....invest your energy generously!
- WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBY?
I would classify Walking 🚶♀️- and - Reading 📖 as my hobbies, both my favourites!