A business and leadership consultant who lectures at Cardiff Metropolitan University has been honoured with a prestigious Institute of Directors Director of the Year award.
Elin Wyn, Chair at Chapter Arts Centre, lectures at both Cardiff Met and the University of South Wales through Canolfan ABC, Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Centre for Welsh Medium Business Studies.
She was named Director of the Year in a Social Enterprise or Charity at an awards ceremony last week and said: “It is an absolute honour to accept this on behalf of such a fabulous establishment such as Chapter. I am so pleased to be part of the Chapter family – it is a wonderful organisation that I am proud to be associated with.”
Former BBC Cymru News Editor Elin was elected a Trustee and Director of Chapter Cardiff in 2007 and was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2015. At last week’s awards, she was recognised for helping to lead the organisation from near bankruptcy to financial stability and growth - the number of visitors to the centre has increased dramatically to around 800,000 visitors each year, at a time when public funding for the arts has been decreasing.
Elin is also a media and training consultant and a former member of the Welsh Language Board. She was among Wales’ top business directors recognised at the sixth IoD Wales Director of the Year Awards, where five female and five male directors from across Wales were acknowledged.
Entrepreneur and Gocompare.com founder Hayley Parsons was honoured to be given the Chairman’s Award in recognition of the Newport-based price comparison website’s success and the support she offers start-up businesses.
Rosie Sweetman, Director of Business in the Community Cymru, was named winner in the Corporate Responsibility category and David Gray, Managing Director of ladder specialist TB Davies was winner of top Director in a Family Business.
Peter Thomas, Managing Director at Port Talbot-based construction company Contract Services Group was named winner in the Medium / Large Business category, while Jeff Farrar, Chief Constable of Gwent Police and the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for crime recording, was named winner of Director within the Public Sector. He is also Chair of the Effective Services for Vulnerable Group’s Board.
Ben Wheeler, founder of Swansea-based website design company Copper Bay Creative was named Director in a Small Business and training consultant and Business and Management lecturer Elin Wyn, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Chapter Arts Centre, was named winner of the Social Enterprise / Charity category.
Kelly Bolderson Managing Director of Glamorgan Telecom was named Young Director of the Year and artist Julia Booker won the title of Director of the Year in the Talent and Innovation Award.
Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director of IoD in Wales, gave his annual Director’s Award to Principality Building Society Group Chief Executive Graeme Yorston.
Robert said: “Our awards are always a highlight on the business calendar and this year, once again, was a fantastic celebration of talent from across Wales.
“All those shortlisted have demonstrated innovation, enthusiasm and exemplary leadership skills, which is why their respective businesses have become such success stories.”
Elin was shortlisted in the same category as Andrew Bowden from Cartrefi Conwy and Patrick Nash from Connect Assist in Nantgarw.