STRENGTHENING THE BOARD
All three people are widely recognised and highly respected as pioneers of Timebanking and they will provide us with a vast amount of valuable experience and wide range of priceless expertise.
Lawrence Hughes¬†was Chief Executive of Fair Shares, (the very first time bank in the UK), from 2006 to 2012. During his tenure the Fair Shares ‚Äėhub‚Äô grew into 9 time banks with over 1,700 participants and 250 organisational members.¬†Prior to this he worked for many years in financial management, in the private, public and voluntary sectors and has previously served as a Trustee on several Boards. In 2012 he took early retirement to care for his wife.
Alison Paule¬†is the Development Manager at Paxton Green Time Bank. Alison helped two Doctors to set up the time bank in association with their Health Centre and it now has an international reputation for advancing the ‚Äėsocial prescribing‚Äô of positive mental health and community wellbeing.¬†She is now responsible for leadership, strategic development, fundraising and the management of financial and human resources. Since 2003, she has worked at the West Euston Time Bank, the Whittington Time Exchange and at St Lukes Time Bank.
Tam Cassidy¬†is a community development specialist and was Timebanking UK‚Äôs Director for Scotland from 2005 to 2008.¬†He set up 24 new time banks and Tam¬†later worked as the Time Banking Scotland Manager and the Volunteers Options Programme Manager for Volunteer Development Scotland.¬†Since then he has worked on social inclusion, social enterprise and the environmental sustainability, fully utilising his many project development skills and his proven expertise in creating cross sector partnerships.
These new appointments reflect our resolve to once again be the authentic national voice of Timebanking.
A PUBLIC APOLOGY
We are also delighted to welcome back Martin Simon as our Founding Adviser.¬†This is an honorary post and he will support our new acting CEO, Sarah Bird, advise us on strategy and help us make sure that all our future activities are in tune with the values of Timebanking.
Martin was the founder of Timebanking in the UK and is an inspiring, compassionate and skilled leader who has always acted with integrity and complete honesty.
All at Timebanking UK wish to express their thanks to Martin for his patience and determination in standing up recently for the staff and for the interests of time banks and their members.¬†In doing this, he received some extremely distressing and spurious accusations from ex members of the Board and we offer him our unreserved apologies.
Footnote: Sam Hopley is no longer connected to Timebanking UK¬†in any way.
TRUST AND CO-OPERATION¬†
We are also going ahead with plans to adopt a new legal framework and become a co-operative.In future the organisation will be run by time banks for time banks and function as a trusting, interdependent community.
We know that it is by listening to the members of time banks and by connecting and utilising all of our many and varied strengths that we will fulfill our potential and become an even more powerful social movement.
Well it has taken a lot longer than it should have done, but we are finally there. The new TBUK website has been launched.
After listening to members at our consultation events at the beginning of the summer, one thing that was consistently voiced was the need to update our website, making it far easier to find information and access material related to timebanking. We listened, and we spent the following six months working up and a new site with a simplified design. We have also added a few neat features, including a direct link to Time-ON-line so people can see exactly what the latest number of hours traded are; photo and video galleries; a new resource all about research on timebanking from the academic world; and a more interactive version of the ‘find my nearest’ function, which allows timebanks to search for others doing similar work.
But despite all that progress, this is still early days. We have ambitious plans for the coming months, including adding greater social networking functionality, and building up our membership section so we can showcase the incredible diversity of timebanking projects going on around the country.
In the mean time we need your help and feedback. If you spot any bugs or broken links, and and if you have ideas about how the site can improve in the coming months then email us and let us know.
And finally, we need to say a big thank you to NESTA for the help and support they have given us to develop the website, revamp the branding and most importantly, to think about how Timebanking UK can meaningfully add value in the coming years. We look forward to a bright future!