Our Board members are all volunteers and are integral to WALK achieving its mission and vision.
All our volunteers share the same values as us. Gerry Donohoe joined WALK’s Board of Directors towards the end of 2017. He is the newest board member.
Gerry had run his own business for over 20 years and was coming close to retiring. He decided that he would like to use his skill set to help support the Community and Voluntary sector. Through
discussions with friends and others, he found himself meeting with Joe Mason, CEO of WALK, and having a discussion about how he could get involved. Joe suggested that Gerry would be a useful addition to the Board of Drectors and subsequently set up a meeting with John Bourke to arrange this.
By the end of 2018, Gerry says he has thoroughly enjoyed his time working on WALK’s Board of Directors. He said his induction gave him all the information he felt he needed to do his job properly. He describes his induction as both formal and informal. He met informally with staff members and discussed the business needs of WALK. He got a sense of what the organisation was about. Formally, he met with the Company Secretary and completed what he describes as a ‘very in-depth’ induction programme.
Gerry is interested in his own development and in the development of the Board. To highlight this, he has been co-opted on to two subcommittees of the Board, both Risk and Finance. His skillset from running his own business is very relevant for both of these subcommittees.
Gerry said that he feels this is a great organisation to a part of and to volunteer with. He feels valued as a volunteer and feels that his contributions wholly match WALK’s values system. He said that he would encourage others to be involved also in whatever capacity would work best for them and suit their own skills and desires for personal development.