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Board Diversity: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Hear real life examples and the honest truth about the challenges and opportunities that focussing on board diversity brings.

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The average age of trustees on boards in the UK is 62. Charities in the UK aren’t making the most of the benefits that young talent can bring at board level. 

Hear real life examples and the honest truth about the challenges and opportunities that focussing on board diversity brings. 

This session will provoke thinking about how board diversity could help your charity, and explore what support you can access on the journey to a more diverse board.

This event is a collaboration between the Young Trustees Movement and Time to Change, a Surrey-wide project delivered by Voluntary Support North Surrey on behalf of the Surrey Council of Voluntary Services (CVS) which aims to enable more young adults to volunteer.

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Peter Davies: Chair of WCVA, WCVA is the national membership body for voluntary organisations in Wales - https://wcva.cymru/team/peter-davies/

Awarded the OBE in 1995 for his work in establishing links between business and education, Peter was Managing Director at Business in the Community UK from 1995 to 2005. He returned home to Wales in 2005 and was appointed Commissioner for Wales and Vice Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

Following the closure of the UK Commission Welsh Government appointed him as Wales’ first Sustainable Futures Commissioner in April 2011. Peter was awarded a CBE for his contribution to sustainable development in June 2016. Peter was instrumental in the establishment of the Institute for Sustainability and resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) at the University of Wales Trinity St David in 2011 where he has an associate role as Professor of Practice. He has extensive experience chairing voluntary organisations and groups.

Rianna Patterson: Trustee at Vana Trust and Age UK Hythe and Lyminge. Rianna is a social entrepreneur, global speaker and mental health advocate. They founded a youth-led dementia charity in memory of their grandfather in 2016. In June 2017, they were awarded by her Majesty the Queen as a Queens Young Leader.

In 2020, Rianna graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. They have spoken at various conferences and radio shows and events including, BBC One with Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace, Alzheimer’s Association’s International and the University of Kent as a TEDx speaker on finding the youth in you.

They have spoken at the Royal Commonwealth Society Virtual Cyprus Leadership Workshop in 2020. They are a certified #IamRemarkable workshop facilitator and also a member of Coaching UK.

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