Wales’ leadership awards celebrate 10 years


The nomination period has opened this week for the tenth annual Leading Wales Awards, which seek to recognise and celebrate the role of leadership as a key driver of economic success in Wales.

The awards are being launched at events in both Cardiff and Wrexham hosted by Cardiff School of Management and the award-winning call centre business, Moneypenny respectively.

The awards, this year in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University, are run by a consortium of Welsh organisations including the CBI, ACCA and the WCVA, and seen more than 1,000 nominations made from across a diverse range of sectors and communities from across Wales.

Past winners include Laura Tenison MBE, managing director of Jo Jo Maman Bebe and Mark Mathias, Chief Superintendent of South Wales Police with honorary awards being made to other famous Welsh leaders including, past First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Wales rugby captain, Sam Warburton.

The Dean of Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Professor David Brooksbank said “Wales faces unprecedented leadership and management challenges over the next few years and now, more than ever, there is a real need for strong and inspirational business leaders to drive our economic recovery and growth.

“We are committed to helping Wales’ leaders engage with the serious challenges that impact upon them, so we are delighted to be partners with the Leading Wales awards which celebrate the very best of leadership in Wales.”

The 2014 Leading Wales Awards has 8 categories* in which they will recognise, identify and celebrate individuals who through their leadership are making a real difference in their team, organisation, business, and community and in Wales.

Barbara Chidgey, spokesperson for the Leading Wales Awards says; “We are delighted to have reached such a milestone and reached out to so many people. The Consortium that drives forward the Awards passionately believe that leadership and leadership skills are key drivers of economic success.”

Nominations can be made online at and close on 14th March 2014.

The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 5th June 2014 at the Hilton, Cardiff.


Notes to editors:

+Leading Wales Awards’ Consortium Members

ACCA Cymru Wales, CBI Wales, CMI Cymru (Chartered Management Institute), Harding Evans Solicitors, Hilton Cardiff, Learning Pathways Cymru, Wales Council for Voluntary Action

*Leading Wales Awards categories and sponsors

  • Leadership in the Public Sector sponsored by Academi Wales
  • Leadership in the Voluntary Sector sponsored by Fairwood Trust
  • Leadership in the Private Sector sponsorship to be confirmed
  • Leadership in Social Enterprise sponsored by Social Firms Wales and the Wales Cooperative Centre
  • Young Leader (14 – 25 years) sponsorship to be confirmed
  • Team Leader supported by Chwarae Teg Agile Nation
  • Women in Leadership sponsored by Moneypenny
  • Leadership for the Future sponsorship to be confirmed


Executive Chair & Project Manager:

Barbara Chidgey, Learning Pathways Cymru

07989 385 114


Press and media:

Alex McArthur – workwith