There are just over 1 million trustees in the UK and Trustees Week is an annual campaign to highlight and celebrate their hard work in the charitable sector.
British Blind Sport currently has 7 trustees on its board, who work to ensure that we as an organisation can continue our mission to enable people with sight loss to take part in sport and physical activity, from grassroots to elite sport.
We want to take this opportunity to shine the spotlight on a couple of our trustees who you might not normally get to know!
First up, is Sajid Hussain.
Born and raised in Woking, Sajid now lives in Solihull with his wife and three children.
Sajid is currently Head of Finance and Operations at the British Judo Association which is the National Governing Body for Judo in Great Britain. He leads the finance and membership teams and is responsible for HR, IT and managing relationships with UK Sport and Sport England. He is also a Trustee of the Muslim Sports Foundation (MSF), which is a cross-culture, inclusive organisation empowering diverse Muslim communities and improving lives and wellbeing through sport and physical activity.
Sajid has considerable experience in senior finance roles in a variety of settings and organisations including the banking and education sectors. He takes a solutions-based approach to solve problems in the most effective way possible and brings a new dimension to our team.
Speaking of his motivations as a BBS Trustee, he says:
“What motivates me to be a trustee is wanting to give back to communities I am passionate about, meeting new people who share the same common goals and continually learning new and valuable skills.
Here at BBS, we are committed to promoting an accessible, proactive and healthy lifestyle for visually impaired individuals and ensuring that sport continues to thrive from the grassroots right up to winning medals at the Paralympic Games. The benefits sport provides are invaluable and numerous and are more important now than ever in these unprecedented times and with the impact Covid-19 has had on mental health in particular. Physical activity has been shown to have a strong and positive influence on mental wellbeing - something I care deeply about.
Sport helps us to cope with the stresses of daily life more effectively, lowers the risk of certain illnesses, builds confidence and self-esteem and reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. I am extremely proud to be a trustee at British Blind Sport and be part of a great team.
I look forward to using my financial knowledge, skills and experience to help the charity go from strength to strength, make a real difference and bring about positive futures”.
Keep an eye on our News page this week for more #TrusteesWeek celebrations!