A celebration of trustees and the work they do.

Trustees Week






Trustees' Week is the annual event that showcases the fantastic work that trustees do for their charities, communities and the sector. Events all around the country will celebrate the achievements of trustees, as well as highlight opportunities for you to get involved with a local charity or voluntary organisation at board level. 

Trustees play a vital role in making our charity sector vibrant and strong. This year Trustees' Week will focus on 'Stronger Charities through Good Leadership'.

What we're doing to celebrate Trustees Week 2016

As part of Trustee's Week 2016, WCVA in conjunction with the Information Commission's Office will be holding a Webinar for Trustees looking at at what trustees can do to ensure best Data Protection practice in their organisation. (The webinar took place at 2pm on Monday 7 November 2016. You can watch a recording of the session here)

In Cardiff on 9 November we have Challenges for Chairs, a seminar looking at the challenges facing Chairs of trustee boards in Wales. The event, held in partnership with the Association of Chairs and Blake Morgan LLP, is aimed specifically at Chairs and Vice-Chairs of trustee boards in Wales. We'll be looking at some of the key issues which are of particular concern to them including sustainable funding, recruitment and retention of good trustees as well as the critical issue of the reputation of charities.

We will also be running a series of Trustees' Week blogs from a variety of different Trustees who will be giving us top tips and telling us about their roles and experiences. Keep an eye out for those on the WCVA blog.

Follow #TrusteesWeek on Twitter to find out how people are celebrating Trustees' Week across the UK.

Other events across Wales (and beyond)

Introduction to PQASSO - free workshop from CVSC in partnership with NCVO
7 November, 5.30-8pm - Colwyn Bay

As part of Trustees' Week, join CVSC for tea and cake and to find out more about how trustees can ensure their Board is fit for purpose. The workshop will provide an introduction to PQASSO, with the focus on how you can use the governance quality area in particular to review how your Board works.

This free workshop is primarily aimed at trustees of small, medium or large voluntary and community organisations and social businesses, whether they have paid staff or volunteers or both. It will also be useful for chief executives who know that governance needs to be reviewed or believe that the Board could be supported to become more effective.

Find out more and book your place by contacting heledd.kirkbride@ncvo.org.uk

Governing your organisation - free C3SC training session
8 November, 10am-4pm - Baltic House, Cardiff

  • Explore the concept and principles of governance
  • Understand the purpose and uses of your 'governing instrument'
    (your constitution or rules)
  • Consider the trustees' relationship with paid staff, including the Chief Officer
  • Explore the importance of Nolan principles and Trustee codes of conduct
  • Understand the role of AGMs and other membership meetings
  • Have an overview of good practice in trustee recruitment

Find out more and book your place by contacting bookings@c3sc.org.uk

What should every trustee know? - Free online Q&A with Sarah Atkinson, Charity Commission
8 November, 7-8pm - online webinar 

Director of Policy & Communications at the England & Wales Charity Commission, Sarah Atkinson, will be hosting this online webinar on what every trustee should know.

  • Do you know your six key duties as a trustee?
  • What must you know about good governance?
  • How should you approach financial resilience?

You will be able to ask questions online or tweet @chtycommission, with your questions about trusteeship. Find out more on the Trustees Week website.

Trustee workshop - Payroll - free C3SC workshop
9 November, 10-11am, Baltic House, Cardiff

Information and learning for trustees on managing payroll. This introductory workshop is for Trustees that wish to develop their group or organisation to take on payroll.

Find out more and book your place by contacting bookings@c3sc.org.uk

'Good governance in light of the collapse of Kids Company' - Cardiff and Vale Trustee Network (GVS and C3SC)
10 November, Barry

Geldards will be giving a presentation on the steps trustees can take to safeguard their organisation.

  • Learning from what happened to Kids Company
  • Opportunity to ask questions to a panel of experts.

Find out more and book your place by contacting clive@gvs.wales 

Running an event for Trustees Week? Let us know by emailing news@wcva.org.uk 

What we offer trustees

WCVA offers a wide range of support to trustees. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee take a look at this 2 minute video to find out more.

Governance health check

We've created an interractive governance health check for trustee boards to use. It's a self assessment toolkit that has been modelled using the 6 governance principles set out in another of our publications, Good governance: a code for the third sector in Wales, and is a great resource to help you ensure your organisation is as well governed as it can be. It can also assist boards of any size to demonstrate their good governance to funders, beneficiaries and stakeholders. 

Faith and hope don't run charities (trustees do)

That's the title of our popular online publication written specifically for trustees, offering practical guidance to help boards deal with their management responsibilities, including strategic planning, being accountable for the development of the organisation, managing people and finances, and making decisions in the interest of the voluntary organisation.

The Good Governance award

Each year, the Third Sector Awards Cymru features a category devoted to the work of trustees. If your board is running your organisation in an exemplary fashion, why not tell us about it? You could win an award! The Third Sector Awards Cymru 2016 is currently open for nominations, but hurry the closing date is 11 November 2016.

The latest news

We keep trustees up to date with the latest news via our website, and also in our weekly newsletter for our members. Sign up to become a member here, to receive the newsletter and many other benefits that come with being a member of WCVA.


WCVA offers a host of resources to help trustees, including information sheets and publications covering a variety of topics. 

Further information on Trustee roles can also be found on the Charity Commission website.