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Meet Rubens King

Megan Raybould

16 August 2023

Meet Rubens King and read about his journey to becoming a young trustee. As someone with lived experience of imposter syndrome and anxiety, Rubens shares his passions and outlines his journey to becoming a trustee, coping with challenges like imposter syndrome.

Hello from Rubens - an aspiring neurodivergent young trustee. I'm pleased to share my journey to become a young trustee so far with you.

Tell us about your journey to becoming a trustee, how did you get to this point?

After a placement year as part of my Human Resources Degree, I wanted to do more for society, utilising my skill set. Upon my return to my course I set out to do volunteering, a lot of it, 6 roles in fact over the course of 10 months pre-covid lockdown. One unexplored area was becoming a governor and trustee. I am in search of a company interested in both a young trustee and a neurodiversity champion to promote inclusive practices in their workplace. I feel these priorities align to my values and would be the most sustainable formula to lead to a fruitful relationship with a board of trustees.

Why did you decide you wanted to be a trustee? And, how did you first hear about what a trustee was (lots of young people don’t know)?

I would benefit from contributing to a cause that was ready to have conversations on diversity, and create a culture that celebrates diversity to a level that inspires creativity, innovation and dedication among the entire workforce.

What’s been your greatest reward on your trustee journey so far?

Attending the Young Trustees Movement Champion Training was rewarding. This is because I was able to connect with likeminded young people as well as the companies seeking the support on offer.

What’s the biggest misconception there is about young trusteeship?

Imposter syndrome or feeling underqualified may be worth mentioning. There’s arguably a trend towards not feeling ready, or believing other people are better suited to the role. It takes confidence to offer help, to offer to be a young trustee, to commit to supporting a cause. There’s merit in putting yourself forward, in giving yourself the opportunity to grow, and to encourage other causes to flourish.

Be brave by standing out as a young trustee and be reassured this experience, perspective and confidence will come very soon. Everyone was new at some point.

What suggestions do you have for boards who are considering recruiting a young trustee?

Young trustees can support with innovation, and can contribute with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. These qualities can be challenging to cultivate. Capitalise on ideas and energy by bringing on a young trustee to your company.

And finally, can you share a bit more about you and your passions (beyond governance)?

I’m a competitive swimmer competing nationally, training with a club in Surrey. It may be fair to say I swim so I can eat what I want! I write blog posts on my website Stay You, Stay Fruity championing neurodiversity, career development plus music and poetry. I enjoy networking and am passionate about raising people’s aspirations. I like the idea of self-awareness, self-improvement and continuous improvement, it’s a worthwhile life-long pursuit.

If you'd like to follow Rubens' journey you can find him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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