22 Oct 2018

This year’s AGM takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on 22 November.

Millennium Centre OG


Date: 22 November 2018
Time: 14:45pm-17:30pm
Venue: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
RSVP by 14 November 2018 to tlewis@wcva.org.uk or 029 20431 734
(This event is for WCVA members only)

The theme of the event is 'The importance of effective leadership and governance in challenging times'. Governance has always been extremely important to us all in the third sector, but at a time when we're facing unprecedented challenges, and public trust in our sector is declining, what role does effective leadership and governance play in overcoming these challenges? Join us at this year's AGM to find out and to explore how we can demonstrate the enormous value and contribution we make to society in order to regain public trust.

Annual Lecture

Jo Youle OG

The AGM will be followed by our Annual Lecture and we are absolutely delighted to have Jo Youle, Chief Executive of the charity Missing People, delivering this year's lecture.

In 2014, Jo received Third Sector's Rising Chief Executive Award and in 2016 led Missing People to be ranked as the 18th best not for profit to work for in the annual Sunday Times list.

She has been a proud trustee of Brook since 2014, and Deputy Chair since January 2017. Jo was a Samaritan for 10 years, latterly a Co-Director of Central London Samaritans following a career as an artist and songwriter for Warner Music and Chrysalis. She was recognised as a Guardian Top Charity Chief Executive on social media in 2015 and 2016.

We are looking forward immensely to hearing from Jo in what promises to be an inspiring, yet thought-provoking lecture. 

AGM speakers will include:

  • Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Chief Executive, Mudiad Meithrin 

    Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies is originally from Bangor but now lives with her husband and three children  in Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire. She studied French and Spanish at Oxford and lived for a while in Galicia and Brussels before completing a MScEcon and PhD in Political Theory at Cardiff University where she also taught as a politics tutor. After being elected to represent Riverside on Cardiff County Council in 2004, she worked as Office Manager for Leanne Wood AM in the Rhondda before being appointed Plaid Cymru's Chief Executive in 2007.

    In 2011, she was appointed as a Publications Officer for the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol at Aberystwyth University where she was also responsible for its research journal, 'Gwerddon'. She became Chief Executive of Mudiad Meithrin in September 2014. Mudiad Meithrin is a voluntary organisation and is the main provider and enabler of Welsh-medium early years care and education in the voluntary sector with over 1000 settings (Welsh-medium playgroups / parent and toddler groups / 'Cymraeg for Kids' groups) all over the country.

  • Dr Elinor Kapp, Trustee, City Hospice

    Elinor Kapp was a member of City Hospice from the very start, (back then it was known as the George Thomas Trust), and has been happy to serve on the board and as a volunteer since its foundation. She is now fully retired from a medical career, after serving 50 years in the NHS, finally as a consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Gwent and Powys. She is the widow of the late Professor Ken Rawnsley CBE, (of Cardiff and the RC Psych). She is a mother and grandmother. Her qualifications for the position of Trustee are MB.BS. DPM. BA. FRCPsych. and a kind heart.

  • Nick Mott, Deputy Head of Guidance and Practice, Charity Commission

    Nick leads on the development of much of the Commission's core guidance for charity trustees, including The Essential Trustee (CC3) and Charity Finances - Trustee Essentials (CC25).  Recent projects have included the Trustee Welcome Pack, the implementation of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and the development of guidance on charities' relationships with linked non-charities.

    The Charity Commission has unveiled its new five year strategy after a thorough analysis of the factors that affect public trust and confidence. The result is a commitment to regulation that will ensure charities can thrive and inspire trust so that people can improve lives and strengthen society, even in difficult times. Nick will explain what charities and the public can expect to see as a result of this strategy, and highlight new and recent work from the Commission that supports trustees.

The winner of the 2018 Walter Dickie Leadership bursary will also be announced. The bursary annually awards £2,500 to a leader in the third sector to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills. Last year's winner was Steve Brooks of Sustrans Cymru - he'll be talking about his course of study at Oxford University and visit to Copenhagen to learn about progressive city transport planning.

This event is for members of WCVA only. An invitation to our AGM is one of the many benefits of becoming a member of WCVA - if you are interested, please visit the membership pages.