Trustees Nick Howes and Paul Hirons are both to step down from the board of The Haemochromatosis Society when they complete their elected terms of office in April. Trustees are generally appointed for three year cycles and can stand for re-election, however both have decided not to stand again at this year’s AGM on 14 April in London.
Paul Hirons now has a young child, born since he took office, and has additional work commitments in recent months thanks to Brexit impacting on the government department he works for. “Though I am sad to have to step down family commitments are much more than they were three years ago”, said Paul. “I look back on my time on the board with the most immense pride and I know we stand in good shape going forward with Corrina at the helm. It has been a pleasure to be involved with THS! I wish you all nothing but the best for the future”.
Since being diagnosed with Type 4 Haemochromatosis Paul has taken on an array of challenges to raise funds and awareness of GH including 2 marathons and the 3 Peaks Challenge, as well as holding a trustee role. He was instrumental in the success of the society’s first venture into sponsored places at The London Marathon in 2016 with the creation of Team Iron Overload and has been a strong supporter of the development of challenge fundraising at the charity.
Nick, a trustee since early 2013 and a member for over a decade, has been a very “hands on” supporter of the development of The Haemochromatosis Helpline and has also overseen the extensive development of the society’s social media presences in recent years. Although stepping down, he will continue as a volunteer “helpliner” with focus on the email service.
“Being a member of the board during the society’s move towards a more professional organisation has been very rewarding and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the support service in the future”, said Nick
In the coming months the charity will be seeking new trustees; in particular the board is keen to recruit new members with previous experience of charity trusteeship, project management experience, and knowledge of fundraising.