Rodney has been a trustee of numerous charities spanning four decades. Initially, he was Chair of ActionAid and chaired the Executive of the Industrial Society. Having retired early, Rodney focused his time on his primary interests. His interests grew in all forms of people and community development and a strong commitment to the effectiveness of the sector. Chairing I Can, Childhope and Chairing – The National Advisory Council for Career and Educational Guidance, illustrate his interest in people development. Appointments to support the effectiveness of the sector have included those with the Charities Aid Foundation, the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and trustee charity Getting on Board.