It seems like every week is for something these days, a different cause to focus on. 

Whilst we tend to pick those that are most relevant to Youth Moves to celebrate, one always catches our eye each year. And its not necessarily something that creates the most headlines or any media attention at all infact.

From the 2nd to 6th November was Trustees week. A week to celebrate all the people that work behind the scenes managing the infrastructure and governance of charities up and down the land. So for most of that week we honoured our brilliant trustees on social media.

One of those was Cedric Boue, the Treasurer of Youth Moves. He is a finance manager by day for the law firm Osborne Clarke.

Starting in June 2018, he is one of our younger trustees, having two young children, one three and the other four months old.

We had a coffee and a chat to find out more about him.

What is the aim of a treasurer?

The ultimate aim for a treasurer, for any charity, is to act as a watchdog over all aspects of financial management. But as a trustee, this aim has a new dimension: it's about helping the charity achieve its mission, to an extent striving to make the charity irrelevant as the need is met. This is where managing charitable organisations really differ from the private sector. In reality, and in this instance, we know there will always be children in need that require supporting.

 

What is the purpose and strength of the board? 

At Youth Moves, we have a very diverse board, with a wide range of experience. People with very specific skill sets, but also people with very in-depth experience of the youth work and education sector.

We obviously have a diverse skill set – finance, marketing, fundraising, health and safety, and legal. But our strength lies in the wide-range of personalities, a real mix that can actually make decision-making very efficient, but also brings the right level of challenge to any proposal from the CEO, other members of the board or staff. We discuss it all robustly, so we know that when a decision is made, it’s the right decision. This is crucial for the sustained growth and the direction of the organisation.

Cedric is originally from France, came to Bristol in 2018. Here he is with his wife Kate and daughter. 

Why did you want to become a treasurer for a charity?

Charities notoriously struggle filling Treasurer positions, because you usually need a certain level of experience and a professional qualification. I was at a point in my life where I wanted to start giving back, and had the right profile for the job, so it just made perfect sense. 

Being part of such a diverse board, you also constantly learn new skills and broaden your experience, and whilst I still have lots to learn, there is also a lot I can give to the charity. It was my way of finding a way to volunteer really.

 

Why Youth Moves in particular?

It was a match made in heaven. As I was contemplating a Treasurer's role, David North, who is also on the board and a colleague of mine, advertised internally that Youth Moves needed a treasurer.

I needed a cause I could relate to, and I was looking for a position in an education type setting, a charity, supporting young people in a meaningful way. They ticked all the boxes because essentially what they are doing is supporting young people to become the best version of themselves. Reaching their potential. And that really appealed to me.

 

What is your background?

I’m French, originally from Toulouse in the South-West. It is a very nice area, and when I mention to English people they always talk about the famous Toulouse sausage! It is a pretty cool location, close to the sea, close to the Pyrenees, close to Spain, and the food is great. It is also very well known for its rugby team, Stade Toulousain.

 

How did you come to England?

I left France in 2009, a year after graduating with a Masters in Finance, to do a round-the-world trip. I started in India and continued through to Thailand, Lao, Bali and Australia. I bought a van in Darwin and drove through the centre of the country through the outback, then back up the east coast. Quite an experience. 8,000km in total!

I stayed in Melbourne for a year, and eventually, on my way back, met my wife-to-be, Katie, in New Zealand. And that is the reason why I am here now. At the time we thought it might be a holiday fling, but clearly, it turned out to be a lot more than that.

We moved to London and lived there for 7 years, then in 2018, moved to Bristol in the quest for a better work-life balance.

 Cedric on his travels - he took an around the world trip and met his future English wife Kate in New Zealand

What does next five years look like for Youth Moves?

We are currently setting a strategic plan for the next five years. Our focus is on outreach, on impacting the right people. Creating the right network so we are covering the whole area. To have a real targeted impact, a measurable impact.

I think there is some amazing work being done right across the organisation, really helping young people in need. And with that comes a certain humility, which is admirable. But at times that humility can sometimes stop us shouting about what we do. So, there is a drive to market and promote what we do more.

 

Being someone working in business, would you like to see more businesses engage with the charity?

Yes, I think it’s really key generally, and more companies will continue supporting the charity sector in these tough times. Businesses are no longer just about profits, they are about sustainability, and part of that is giving back to communities. Osborne Clarke constantly teams up with charities to create and foster that type of partnership, fundraising, events, skill and sharing.

 

What would you say to people thinking of becoming a trustee?

I would say, it has huge benefits on a personal and professional level. It is great to give back, and use your skills, but you also get a lot from it, and learn a great deal picking up a wider set of skills. I honestly think it’s a no brainer, and would recommend anyone to do it if you want to give back and grow as a person.