Home>Cardiff Met News>Diverse leadership role models shine at 2016 Leading Wales Awards

Diverse leadership role models shine at 2016 Leading Wales Awards​




'''The winners of Wales' premier awards which focus on rewarding and celebrating great leadership were announced during a business lunch at Cardiff's Hilton Hotel today (Tuesday 14 June).

The Leading Wales Awards, now in its 12th year, seek to recognise and celebrate the importance of leadership as a key driver of economic success in Wales.  The 2016 awards are held in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University and they now have an alumnus of winners of over 300 diverse leaders from all corners of Wales – individuals from all sectors and at all levels of management and leadership responsibility.

Ben Cottam, Head of External Affairs, FSB Wales, and Leading Wales Awards Consortium Member said:  'Events like the Leading Wales Awards are very important because we rarely stop to think about the impact of good leadership and the value added that it brings to organisations.

'It is absolutely right that we recognise the individuals that practice the best elements of it and celebrate that, so that we formally recognise that businesses and organisations in Wales only thrive through effective leadership.'

The 2016 Award winners, once again, come from diverse organisations and sectors; as individuals they lead in their own individual, yet authentic way. The nomination and judging process assesses leadership behaviours and attributes as much as it is assesses impact and achievement of goals, recognising those leaders who inspire and transform as well as set and deliver on targets.

Rhian Evans (Team Manager Mental Health Resources), Flintshire County Council; Ann-Marie Harkin (Financial Audit Director), Wales Audit Office; Emma Wools (Head of Service Integration), National Probation Service; Joyce Gervis (Managing Director), Ty Mawr Lime Ltd; Dr Sabine Maguire (Founder, former Chair and trustee), Sparkle – South Gwent Children's Foundation; Caryl Thomas (Owner), Sparkles Solutions Ltd and Scott Liddle (Director of Operations – Technical), Acorn all walked away with well-deserved recognition for their individual leadership within their respective organisations.

Aileen Richards, non-executive director of the Welsh Rugby Union  was the guest speaker at the awards ceremony. Having recently retired from Mars Incorporated during which she worked in leadership positions across the UK, Belgium and the USA, she is now keen to utilise her leadership experience within her home country of Wales.

Chair of the Leading Wales Awards Consortium, Barbara Chidgey said: 'It is 100% clear that really good leadership comes in all shapes and sizes and that it is essential in all walks of life in order to drive positive and sustainable change.

'The challenge is identifying and recognising authentic, transformational and effective leadership since the way in which individuals lead is in itself diverse. However, our inspirational finalists and winners have some very important factors in common: they are passionate about their cause, business or organisation; their energy and effort is directed at making that vision of their cause a reality and they really care about the people with whom and for whom they work; they have integrity and they are authentic.

'We offer every winner and finalist this year our sincere congratulations.'

Siân Rees, Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, said: 'The diversity of the awards is such a credit to what Wales has to offer. Every year we are enthused by the incredible examples of inspirational leadership and leaders that exist and make a real contribution to our economy. The stories the individuals have to tell exemplify that leadership is the absolutely essential factor in making a real difference.'

For more information please visit www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk  


Press contact:

For more information regarding the Leading Wales Awards, please contact Charlotte Fennell on 0117 2140471 or email charlotte@mcarthur-davies.co.uk.  

  1. Leading Wales Awards 2016 Finalist details


Leadership in the Public Sector

(Sponsored by Academi Wales)

Rhian Evans (Team Manager Mental Health Resources), Flintshire County Council

Andrew Falvey (Commercial Director), DVLA

Ann-Marie Harkin (Financial Audit Director), Wales Audit Office

Rhian Huws Williams (Chief Executive), Care Council for Wales

Young Leader Award (14 – 25 years)

(Sponsored by NatWest Cymru)

Martyn Elliott (Cadet Force Adult Volunteer & D of E Leader)

Dan Rowbotham (Chair of Youth Forum), Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Caryl Thomas (Owner), Sparkles Solutions Ltd

Leadership in the Private Sector

(Sponsored by Hello Starling)

Kate Batchelor (Operations Director), Home Instead Senior Care

Mike Jones (Regional Managing Director), Arthur J Gallagher

Scott Liddle (Director of Operations – Technical), Acorn

Leadership in the Voluntary & Not For Profit Sector

(Sponsored by Leading Wales Awards Consortium)

Dr Sabine Maguire (Founder, former Chair and trustee), Sparkle – South Gwent Children's Foundation

Andrew White (Director), Stonewall Cymru

Judith Wynne (CEO), Age Connects North Wales Central

Leadership for the Future

(Sponsored by CIPD Wales)

Gary Clifford (Director, Institute of Competition and Procurement Studies), Bangor University

Joyce Gervis (Managing Director), Ty Mawr Lime Ltd

Emma Richards (Assistant CEO), CRC Wales

Steve Rush (CEO), Improov Consulting

Women in Leadership

(Sponsored by ILM Wales)

Katy Chamberlain (CEO), Business in Focus

Ann-Marie Harkin (Financial Audit Director), Wales Audit Office

Helen Jones (manager, dealer support and decision risk), Blackhorse Asset Finance

Next Generation Leader

(Sponsored by GE Aviation Wales)

Tanya Nash (Sustainable Development Team Leader), City and County of Swansea

Craig Winter (Business Manager) Arthur J Gallagher

Emma Wools (Head of Service Integration), National Probation Service


2.            Consortium members

The Leading Wales Awards is driven forward by a consortium of organisations that passionately believe that good leadership is the key driver to economic success in Wales. The members are:

  • ACCA Wales Cymru
  • CBI Wales
  • FSB Wales
  • Harding Evans Solicitors
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Learning Pathways Cymru
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action​