13 Aug 2018

At the National Eisteddfod last week WCVA relaunched the Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary, supporting great leadership in the third sector.

Bursary launch OG 

[Steve Brooks, winner of the bursary in 2017, speaking at the re-opening of the fund]

The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary aims to help leaders in the third sector to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills. A bursary of £2,500 is awarded annually to someone in a leadership role within a third sector organisation in Wales to help them become a more entrepreneurial leader.

At the National Eisteddfod on Tuesday, as part of the WCVA's 'Leading by example: a conversation for charity leaders' event, we reopened the bursary for 2018. Applications will be accepted up until the closing date on 19 October 2018, and the winner will be announced at our Annual General Meeting and Lecture in November.

The parameters of how the bursary can be spent are open and applicants are encouraged to come up with interesting ideas to support their own development as an entrepreneurial leader. Walter had a passion for travel and for learning, and WCVA wanted this bursary to reflect that. The money could for instance be used:

  • on a course of study
  • on funding a visit, possibly overseas, to see how others approach things, or
  • simply anything that the beneficiary feels will move them and their organisation forward 

There is no formal scoring system for applications. The judging panel are looking for the proposal that inspires them most and is in keeping with the ethos of the award. All that is asked in return is that successful applicants share their experiences within their own organisation, with WCVA and with the wider sector. 

Find out more and how to apply.


Last year's winner

Steve Brooks from Sustrans Cymru was announced as the first successful Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary recipient at the WCVA AGM and Annual Lecture at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on 22 November 2017. 

Sustrans Cymru is a charity that aims to make Wales a better place for people to walk and cycle. Steve used the bursary to fund enrolment on the 'New Technologies and Changing Behaviours' course, part of the Global Challenges in Transport programme run by Oxford University's Oxford Leadership Programme.

Steve Brooks Copenhagen

The bursary also paid for Steve to travel on a study visit to Copenhagen for the annual Copenhagenize Masterclass,to learn how they helped transform their city into a bicycle-friendly urban centre. To bolster the impact of Steve's activities Sustrans organised mentoring and ongoing strategic advice to complement his learning.  You can read more about Steve's adventures over on the WCVA blog. 

About Walter

As a member of WCVA's board Walter Dickie's expertise, experience and commitment to the third sector have had a profound impact on the work of WCVA and those who had the pleasure of working with him. 

For more than ten years Walter supported WCVA as a trustee where he played an instrumental role in guiding the organisation and helping to set up the ground-breaking Communities Investment Fund which lends money to social businesses. That fund still runs today and remains the cornerstone of so much of our ongoing social investment activity.

Walter Dickie OG 

Thanks to Walter's dedication, WCVA has been able to lend nearly eight million pounds to community organisations, many working in the most deprived areas of Wales. Amongst a myriad of successes, the fund has helped save the last pubs in rural communities, given a kick start to the extreme sports boom in North Wales, provided a safe environment for children whose foster care has broken down, brought old buildings back into community use, created hundreds of jobs and enabled communities to control assets in their own towns and villages.

Walter sadly passed away last year so to honour his memory and continue the development of entrepreneurial leadership in the third sector that he gave so much time to support, WCVA has set up The Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary.


While you're here 

Third Sector Leadership for Future Generations

Build upon your existing skills to become a more innovative and resilient leader 

This three-day course aims to engage with leaders at all levels within third sector organisations. We will explore what kind of leadership is required post-Brexit and specifically within the context of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. 

Find out more.