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It’s Trustees’ Week! A time for people to come together to celebrate the achievements of nearly one million trustees’ across the UK. The theme for this year’s Trustees’ Week is: Making a difference in changing times. As environments continues to change and new challenges are constantly thrown at us, the positive impact trustees make is invaluable to the charity sector and to Framework in particular.
Today we are speaking to Tim Gallimore where he talks all about his work as a Trustee for Framework.
I joined the Framework Board in March 2020. Prior to that I was the Chair of a local Multi-Academy Trust, with over 15 years of governance experience behind me. I live in Long Eaton and am married with two daughters.
A graduate of Keele University in Law and Politics, I decided against following a career in Law and instead pursued a career in sales, initially in the finance sector, before progressing into sales management in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry with Smith and Nephew, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. I then changed direction and moved into people and organisational development, initially with Boots, where I held several senior roles, before taking the leap and setting up my own learning and development business. After 7 years, including a year out working for Stoke City Football Club in a commercial role, I sold the business and moved back into corporate life with Dixons, where I headed up Learning & Development for PC World and then Group Head of L&D, across PC World, Currys and Dixons, including Management Development. Following spells at Homebase and JJB Sports I specialised further, moving into Leadership Development with Halfords.
Then, following the loss of my dad, I made a lifestyle change, taking time out to do my Postgraduate in Personal and Business Coaching and continuing with consultancy work before making the move into the not-for-profit sector. I had enjoyed a wonderful corporate career and felt this was the time to change my purpose. I joined South Yorkshire Housing Association as OD Lead and spent 4 years helping the organisation work through some major change, including the shift to an agile working culture.
At 60, I decided to transition into retirement, leaving SYHA and becoming a freelance coach, consultant and interim, working primarily in social housing before retiring in June last year.
How did you first hear of Framework?
I knew of Framework from my time at South Yorkshire Housing and saw Andrew Redfern, CEO, on East Midlands Today discussing homelessness. That was back, I think, in 2017. I decided then that if an opportunity arose to become a Trustee, and the time was right, I would apply.
What made you want to be a trustee?
I understood what it meant to be a Trustee from my previous roles. My time spent in social housing had encouraged me to look outside education for my next voluntary role, and Framework was fully aligned to my values. As I approached the end of my career, I also wanted to do something worthwhile and utilise my skills and experience. This was about giving back to others.
What are you looking forward to achieving/having achieved as a trustee at Framework?
I haven’t set myself any specific goals other than being able to find ways to fully contribute and make a difference. I am passionate about service user engagement and participation, so if I could influence how we can do this better, then that would be a worthwhile legacy from my time with the organisation.
What do you love most about Framework?
The great work we do for our service users, and the fact that we are able help those who are less fortunate. Without organisations like Framework there wouldn’t be any access to support for some of those we help.
Can you sum up what Framework means in one sentence?
Framework is a special organisation that cares, encourages and inspires, and through its compassion helps others to help themselves and live a better life.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working?
It is often said that when you retire you don’t know how you had time to work! That’s certainly true in my case. Apart from my work with Framework, I continue to do a little free coaching and mentoring. I also love writing and produce articles for a football magazine. I may still have a go at writing a book if I can find the right subject! I am a season ticket holder at my lifelong football team, Stoke City and, since retiring, have become a member at Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and can often be seen at Trent Bridge enjoying county matches. Dance music, walking, the gym, and real ale complete my retirement portfolio!
We’d like to thank our wonderful trustee Tim for the time, commitment and effort he brings to Framework.