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Charities Week 2023

Celebrate Welsh Charities Week by Becoming a Trustee!

To mark Welsh Charities week, we celebrate the crucial role Board Members play in ensuring the health and success of charities.

A&B Cymru helps arts organisations to establish strong and effective governance through its focussed training courses and unique programmes which place business experts onto arts Boards.

The Benefits of Board Membership

Joining a Board enables business managers to extend their horizons, hone their skills and make an effective contribution to the community.

Kate Fisher has been the Operations Manager at Hospital Innovations for over 10 years. She wanted to gain new experiences and extend her skills without leaving the role and company she loves. Through Young Professionals on Boards, Kate was placed with Neath-based Theatr na nÓg. This provided her with an ideal opportunity to see how a vastly different organisation operates and given her experience of senior leadership, which will aid her long-term career ambitions.

Reflecting on her Board role, Kate said: Professionally I have gained so much; I have been able to use transferable skills in a very different sector to the one I work within. This has given me a huge amount of confidence.

For Theatr na nÓg, the benefits have also been huge.  Artistic Director Geinor Styles said: Kate immersed herself quickly into the running of the board and the organisation. Her good sense of humour and easy-going nature has brought a breath of fresh air. Her pragmatic approach has brought new ways of working and developed essential processes and policies. Kate’s professionalism and dedication has had a very positive impact on how the company presents and manages itself.

Siobhan Saunders is a Senior Manager at Barclays Partner Finance.  She wanted to develop her knowledge of the charitable sector and gain further experience in leadership. She was placed with Barry-based Motion Control Dance and has made a huge difference to the charity.

Its Founding Director, Emma Mallam said: Without Siobhan, our charity would have struggled over the past 18 months. Her financial knowledge has been invaluable – she is able to see patterns emerging and make suggestions which directly assist the sustainability of Motion Control Dance.

Siobhan is also gaining a huge amount from her placement.  She said: Working with Motion Control dance has been really insightful, helping me to understand the challenges of the arts and charity sector, especially around funding, longevity and sustainability. Meeting and working with other trustees from a variety of backgrounds has enabled me to build my network and together add significant value to the continuity and growth opportunities available to Motion Control Dance. Personally, it’s really enjoyable and pleasing to know I’m having a positive and valued impact supporting the charity.


If have business skills and expertise and are interested in joining an arts Board, get in touch today!

Click here to find out more about the benefits of joining a Board through our case studies, both for the Trustees and their organisations.