27 Apr 2017

WCVA is thrilled to announce that one of Wales’ leading actors and campaigners for social justice has joined the organisation as its President.

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Michael Sheen OBE with WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks

Michael Sheen OBE has accepted the role of honorary President of WCVA and will play an important part in the public work of the lead national body for the third sector in Wales.

WCVA last year undertook a strategic review of its work, and following consultation with its members and partners, produced a vision for the third sector and volunteering to thrive and improve well-being for all. 

Michael has an active interest in the social economy and is deeply involved in a number of organisations and initiatives through his personal philanthropy, advocacy and campaigning work. Michael is also Patron/Ambassador of many great third sector organisations, including his role as UNICEF UK Ambassador, Patron of Social Enterprise UK, Streetfootball Wales, Credit Unions Wales, End Youth Homelessness Cymru and many important local organisations in his home county of Neath Port Talbot.

He has campaigned and advocated on issues including homelessness, housing, fracking, the Future Generations Act and is a passionate supporter of the NHS and delivery of public and third sector services, all of which resonate clearly with WCVA's strategic direction.

The Neath Port Talbot resident has won numerous awards for his screen and theatre work. It was widely announced late last year that he was to get more involved with local activism in his home town of Port Talbot, building on the unforgettable production (2011) of The Passion with the National Theatre Wales which engaged hundreds of volunteers and attracted thousands more to the town.

On accepting the role, Michael Sheen said: 'I am immensely proud of the incredible work delivered by individuals, organisations and communities across Wales in the third sector and I hope that by taking up the role of honorary President I can lend my voice to the sector, provide some challenge and get involved! 

'I plan to use my role to actively challenge and support WCVA in their impact and role in supporting the community and keeping us focussed on what matters locally as well as the need for national leadership. Together I hope we can champion those achieving real change in their communities, attract more sustainable resources and policy support, whilst also raising the level of ambition for what we can achieve through a social economy in Wales.'

The President of a charity, not to be confused with that of a trustee or Board member, is an honorary role usually fulfilled by a high-profile figurehead. The position holds no legal standing within the governance of the organisation.

WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks said: 'We are thrilled that Michael Sheen has agreed to be our President and very much look forward to working with him as a champion for the third sector in Wales. His interests resonate strongly with those of WCVA and the wider sector. WCVA is in the business of making positive change by connecting, enabling and influencing with our members and partners. Our new President can help us achieve this, as he brings a world-wide reputation for championing fairness, equality, and social justice.'