Information for new trustees



Meetings are held at least 4 times a year – usually between 7 and 9pm weekday evenings.

Some pre-arranged daytime availability is needed to meet with local organisations and individuals making grant requests.

Access to email, text messaging and an understanding of spreadsheet and word processed information is a requirement.

Personal qualities

  • A passion for wanting to support to the local community on an individual and group basis
  • Absolute discretion when dealing with local individuals and organisations on a confidential basis
  • An ability to balance empathy with a professional approach
  • The ability to listen carefully, ask pertinent questions and retain verbal information to establish trust and discover valuable details about the individuals who seek our help in understanding their circumstances.
  • An ability to work as part of a team – to listen, to explore, to seek clarification, to evaluate, to report back and to be decisive.

Practical Skills

  • Interviewing skills
  • Estate management knowledge
  • Accountancy and commercial skills
  • Legal knowledge
  • Administrative skills
  • Negotiating skills


  • Local knowledge – need to be familiar with the geography and the history of the local area
  • Ideally a ‘consumer of local resources’ e.g. children in local state schools, user of day care facilities or health services etc
The Sunninghill Trust's main objectives are relief of hardship, assistance to the sick and elderly and support of recreational and educational facilities.