Role: Treasurer
First appointed: 30/10/18

Studying for a doctorate in the Theology department of Durham University

Gary is DASH’s treasurer. He is currently studying for a doctorate in the theology department at Durham University. Prior to this, Gary was a London-based partner in an international law firm for 18 years. His voluntary sector experience has largely been through church projects including with refugees, a food bank and a night shelter.

An interview with …

How long have you been a trustee for DASH and what caused you to become involved?

I have been a trustee since the end of 2018. Having moved to Durham to study for an MA in Christian Theology, I was looking for a local volunteering opportunity and there happened to be a vacancy at DASH. I was very impressed by what I saw as I am a firm believer in the need to deliver local and tailored solutions to complex problems like homelessness. DASH provides attention to individual needs and delivers its services with compassion.

What does the DASH Management Committee do?

The Management Committee has an essential supervisory role to ensure that DASH can meet its objectives and is financially prudent.

What is your role and what does it involve?

I am the treasurer, so I work closely with the Finance Officer, Heather in relation to all aspects of the financial management of DASH.

What do you like most about your role?

Being treasurer requires an understanding at some level of everything going on within DASH, and the finances are crucial to delivering the best service in the most cost effective way and on a sustainable basis - so I think it is a role that allows me to make a real contribution.

What are the most challenging parts of the role?

The challenge is to ensure that what we are doing is relentlessly focussed on the mission of providing shelter and helping people rebuild their lives.

What positives and challenges do you see for DASH in the current economic and political climate?

Charities like DASH with a distinctive local flavour and history are becoming increasingly rare. This is both a positive and a challenge. The challenge is to continue to demonstrate the value of local and personalised solutions - rebuilding lives can only ever be done on an individual basis.