One of Jersey’s Senior Youth Workers has joined the Jersey Heritage Board of Trustees as its first Board Apprentice and will be experiencing how issues, such as ethics and diversity, affect the charity’s work.
Lisa Mansell has joined the Board, which governs Jersey Heritage, for a year’s placement. She is shadowing Nancy Thomas, who is Vice-Chair of the Trustees, and attending Board and sub-committees meetings. So far, these have included ‘Archives, Collections & Ethics’, ‘Diversity’, and ‘Experience, Content and Programmes’. She has also joined Directors and Trustees for a tour of Les Augres Stores in Trinity to discover more about the collections that Jersey Heritage protects and cares for.
Nancy said: “We hope Lisa will gain knowledge and experience from her time with us but we are also looking forward to benefiting from her experience and perspective. She has already become a highly valued member of the Jersey Heritage Board of Trustees.”
Jersey Heritage signed up to be part of the Government of Jersey’s I WILL programme, which is run in conjunction with Board Apprentice, using their internationally tried and tested concept. The aim is to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions in and outside of Government.
As part of her work as Senior Youth Worker, Lisa helped to set up the Jersey Youth Parliament and is also charged with building up relationships with professionals and community groups to ensure that young people receive training and are prepared to step into a work environment. She said: “I decided to sign up to the I WILL scheme as I am always encouraging young people to jump at new opportunities and put themselves in new situations and I thought it was a chance to practice what I preach!
“I was particularly drawn to Jersey Heritage when I applied as I felt that its ethos and values aligned with my own. I am really interested in seeing how the charity may be able to reach a wider audience and involve more Islanders in the fantastic work it already does through sitting on sub-committees that deal with issues such as ethics and diversity. I also hope it will be a good way to develop my confidence and broaden my network. Everyone has made me feel very welcome and I am looking forward to the year ahead.
“I WILL is a great scheme being supported by the Government to try and get more women involved in boards. In addition to my job as a Youth Worker, I am the first female president of Jersey Cycling with an all-male committee. I hope this experience will give me more confidence in a male-dominated world, and I hope I inspire more women to step out of their comfort zone and try new things.”
Kate Nutt, Chair of the I WILL Steering Group for the Government, said: “I’m delighted that Jersey Heritage is supporting the I WILL programme through the Board Apprentice initiative. It’s fantastic news that Lisa has been appointed and I’m sure it will be a mutually beneficial placement for both Apprentice and Board. We look forward to working with Jersey Heritage as we continue to develop and grow the I WILL programme this year.”