Bevan & Buckland Accountants
Over the past two months the spotlight has been shone on the quality of governance at the Swansea based charity Awema.

There have been several reports looking at the issues that have arisen within the charity and these highlighted concerns with the following areas:

– Governance arrangements in relation to Awema Management Board (ABOMA) and management;

– Financial controls and processes;

– An absence of key policies and procedures; and an organisational structure that does not adequately support the operations of Awema

These problems at Awema have highlighted an important part of the role of being a charity trustee and the responsibilities involved.

Over the past year we have provided training to a number of charity boards on what good governance means both in principle and in practice. 

It is vital, particularly for new trustees but also for people who have been trustees for many years as the Charity Commission guidance is always being updated.

For guidance on the Hallmarks of an Effective Charity follow this link:

If you are a charity trustee and concerned that you do not fully understand your responsibilities we would be happy to deliver training on what is expected of you.

We offer free training to Charities so if you are interested please contact Harri Lloyd Davies on (01792) 410104 or email

Full details of our courses can be found at:

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