13 Nov 2019

WCVA's AGM and Annual Lecture 2019, this year delivered by Professor Richard Wyn Jones of Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre.

Date: 21 November 2019
Time: 14:00-16:45
Venue: Venue Cymru, Llandudno
Free to attend - Please RSVP to Tracey Lewis, tlewis@wcva.cymru or 029 20431 734

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Professor Richard Wyn Jones - Uniting a Divided Country

This year'r Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Richard Wyn Jones, Director of Cardiff University's Wales Governance Centre and Dean of Public Affairs.

Richard is Director of Cardiff University's Wales Governance and Dean of Public Affairs. He has written extensively on contemporary Welsh politics, devolved politics in the UK and nationalism.

Richard was one of the founders of Critical Security Studies and was previously Professor of Welsh Politics and founding Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University.

Richard is a regular and widely respected broadcaster, commentating on Welsh politics in both Welsh and English for the BBC in Wales and across the UK. He has also presented two TV series and is a regular columnist for the Welsh language current affairs magazine Barn.

Richard is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the Academy of the Social Sciences.

We are looking forward immensely to hearing Richard's thoughts on how we can heal our increasingly polarised society.

Making a bigger difference together

We've been going through changes at WCVA - and one of the main developments has been to refocus our purpose as an organisation. On that note, the theme of this year's AGM will be 'Making a bigger difference together'.

In Wales, people have always come together voluntarily, not for money or because the law tells them to, but because they want to make a difference.

Voluntary organisations change lives every day, but to tackle the big issues facing our society we need to come together, organise and look ahead to prepare for the future.

Please join us at this year's AGM where we'll be discussing how voluntary organisations can work to make a bigger difference together.

Speakers at the AGM will include:

  • Heulwen Medi Thomas, Girlguiding Cymru

    Heulwen Medi Thomas is the Assistant Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Cymru. One of her main tasks in her role is to ensure the use of the Welsh language within the organisation. 

    She runs a Guide and Ranger unit in Machynlleth and has many other roles within Girlguiding on a County level. 
  • Tracey Evans, Outdoor Partnership 

    Tracey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Outdoor Partnership and Welsh Government appointed Board Member of the Snowdonia National Park. 

    Tracey has defined and developed the strategic direction of the Outdoor Partnership since its inception back in 2005 improving economic, health and social well-being for communities in North Wales, inspiring thousands of local people to become involved in outdoor activities through participation, volunteering, employment and education.

    Leading the organisation from an unincorporated organisation to a well-respected Charitable company, Tracey has been highly successful in sourcing £millions of external grant funding and contracts to support the work of the charity.

    Tracey has a long-standing interest and involvement in sport and outdoor activities having been involved in competitive sport from the age of seven. As well as an outdoor enthusiast, she is an accomplished sportsperson having represented Wales in several sports and a commonwealth Bronze medallist.                                                       

Walter Dickie Leadership Bursary winner

The winner of the 2019 Walter Dickie Leadership bursary will be announced at this year's AGM. The bursary annually awards £2,500 to a leader in the third sector to develop their entrepreneurial leadership skills.

Last year's winner was  Isla Horton of Grow Cardiff - she'll be appearing at the AGM to announce this year's winner, and fill us in on her leadership journey to Montreal and back.

WCVA Board Elections

We'll also be announcing the winners of this year's board elections. This year we received 7 nominations for the four vacant places available on the board.