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Could you be a WCVA trustee?

Published : 15/08/22 | Categories: News |

Whatever your background or experience, develop your skills, widen your network and help us make a bigger difference in Wales by joining our board of trustees.

At WCVA we’ve been working with our members and partners to think about what we can all do to shape a positive future for Wales. We think a diverse voluntary sector is key for creating a better future for Wales, and we need a diverse board to help lead the change we want to see.

We have five vacancies on our board and so we’re now looking for people from different backgrounds and with a range of skills and lived experiences to join our board.

OUR FOCUS ON DIVERSITY

We’re focussed on enabling voluntary organisations in Wales to be more diverse, reflecting the communities they serve.

We’re also committed to lead by example and work to ensure WCVA is more diverse. We are committed to being as inclusive as possible and we want as many different voices as possible on our board.

We are seeking trustees with a wide range of experiences. Whatever your background we would love to hear from you.

You can find out more about why board diversity is important to us in our trustee recruitment pack.

Here is WCVA trustee, Edward Watts MBE DL on his experience working with WCVA on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI):

WHY JOIN THE WCVA BOARD?

Our board is made up of friendly and passionate individuals with a wide range of experiences, skills and backgrounds. Joining our board will give you the opportunity to:

  • Work with a range of passionate people from all walks of life and make connections to enhance your personal and professional development
  • Have the opportunity to use your skills and share your unique experiences in new ways and to make positive change in Wales
  • Drive our charitable aims and help us advocate for and empower the inspiring organisations that make up Wales’ voluntary sector

Here’s WCVA trustee, Lindsay Cordery-Bruce on what she gets out of being on the WCVA board:

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

You don’t need to have previous trustee experience to join our board, we’ll provide all the training and support you need.

Read our trustee recruitment pack to find out more about what being a trustee is all about, our work and what the role involves.

THE ROLE OF WCVA MEMBERS

Our members shape the work of WCVA and have an important role to play in electing trustees to our board. Only WCVA members can make nominations in our trustee elections (so you’ll need a member to put you forward if you want to apply – more on this below!) and they cast their votes in our trustee ballot to decide who will join the board.

HOW TO APPLY

If you’re interested in joining our board this year, there are a few things you need to do:

  1. You need to be supported by two WCVA members – we call this nominated and seconded. Don’t worry if you don’t know any members – we can connect you with some
  2. Once we’ve received your nomination from a WCVA member we’ll ask you to send us some information about yourself. We want to know what skills and experience you would bring to the board (two pages maximum). If you have a CV then that would also be useful – but it is not essential. We also ask for two references
  3. Finally, as you are now a nominee, we need a short statement (200 words maximum) and a photo that we can put on our website. Your statement should answer the question: ‘Why should WCVA members vote for me to be a trustee?’

You can send your information as a video or audio recording if you’d prefer.

We will also ask you to complete an equal opportunities monitoring questionnaire to help us understand more about who we are reaching.

MORE INFORMATION, DOCUMENTS & DEADLINES

What happens next?

The deadline for nominations and candidate statements is 9 September 2022.

We will post candidate statements and photos on our website during the week commencing 19 September 2022.

Our members will vote for their preferred candidates in our ballot which takes place 24 October – 4 November 2022.

Candidates will be notified of the results of the ballot week commencing 7 November 2022.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Our Chief Executive, Ruth Marks is very happy to chat with anyone that is thinking of applying. Please contact Tracey Lewis on tlewis@wcva.cymru to arrange.

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