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WCVA reviews its governance to bring its members the WCVA they want


WCVA is undertaking a new and exciting review of its governance, which will ensure that it is managing its own affairs and being an exemplar of best practice, as well as offering its members a chance to get involved with creating the WCVA our members want.

It is vital that WCVA ensures it has the most appropriate and effective governance structure and that the third sector in Wales is fully engaged in steering current and future work.WCVA’s Board of Trustees currently consists of up to 36 trustees which includes a number appointed to represent the interests of specific categories of the third sector in Wales.This has provided a diverse, expert and representative group of trustees within a large and complex environment where levels of engagement, specific interest and time have been managed in order to govern the organisation effectively.

Looking to build upon best practice, the challenge for WCVA is to remove some of these complexities, to provide simplicity, whilst maintaining and developing all that has been positive within its governance structure.

Peter Davies, Chair of WCVA said: ‘Accountability and transparency are vital to the sector and this is an opportunity to provide clarity to WCVA’s management and governance structures as well as to the essential roles of representation, influence and engagement in our work.’

It is proposed to establish a clear distinction between the functions of governance and membership engagement which are currently combined in WCVA’s Board through:

  • Ensuring the Board is based around the skills and experience needed to fulfil the governance function.
  • Establishing a separate representative membership structure to inform policy and strategy.

It is proposed to reduce the size of the Board to 12 trustees elected by the membership and up to four appointed places, providing a maximum Board of 16 trustees and to introduce terms of office

A robust recruitment and selection process will ensure that trustees will be appointed on the skills and experience required for the Board to effectively discharge its governance duties.

Ruth Marks, WCVA’s Chief Executive is enthusiastic about the potential changes: ‘This review provides an opportunity to revisit and re-energise our membership engagement and representation role by creating a new Membership Forum.  The Forum will help shape policy and strategy.’

WCVA will be holding a General Meeting on 10 August at 11am at its three offices in Cardiff, Aberystwyth and Rhyl to discuss the work we are undertaking around our governance review, proposals for our Trustee Board and our exciting proposals for future engagement with our membership and the third sector.

The proposed composition and terms of reference of the Membership Forum will be discussed during three Membership Engagement Roadshows.

The Roadshows will take place on 8 September in Aberystwyth, 10 September in Cardiff and 11 September in Rhyl. Details of how to book your place will be available soon.

We hope you can join us.

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