Once again the search is on for inspirational Leaders in Wales

For the 12th year running the nominations have opened in the Leading Wales Awards, Wales’ only designated leadership awards. (http://leadingwalesawards.co.uk/nominate/)

Long-established, prestigious, pan Wales and with an excellent reputation, each year the Awards attract nominations on behalf of individuals (in all sectors and at all levels of responsibility) whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales.

We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Awards are once again in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, at Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Siân Rees 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.”

2015 winners of the Leading Wales Awards included Joy Ballard, the then head teacher of Willows High School Cardiff and who has since become known to many via #educatingcardiff, pictured here with her Award which was presented by Christine Jones of Academi Wales.

For the 2016 Awards, the Leading Wales Awards Consortium has also announced their charity partnership with Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. In Wales, on average over 11,500 young people sign up to complete a DofE Award each year and over 200 young people have completed its Young Leader Programme in the last two years. 2016 is the Diamond Jubilee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and they have a “diamond challenge” to encourage lots of us from all sectors, walks of life and ages to learn a new skill, try out a new adventure or embark on new volunteering while at the same time raising £60 for Dof E Wales. Funds raised will be invested in developing even more leadership skills in young people in Wales.

“This charity partnership has real synergy for us” said Barbara Chidgey, Executive Chair, Leading Wales Awards “since we are not only identifying, recognising and celebrating our current “diamond” leaders in Wales but are also encouraging the development of our future leaders, via encouraging all those who support us to engage in their own Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme “diamond challenge” and help to develop future leaders in Wales.”

To download a nomination document to tell us about that special, “diamond” person you know whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales – please go to www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk. From our website you can also find out about taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award “Diamond Challenge”, a great opportunity to challenge yourself and contribute to developing ever better leadership skills in young people in Wales. Two great opportunities to do something inspirational!

We welcome and thank sponsors to our 2016 Award Categories are:

  • Leadership in the Public Sector – supported by Academi Wales
  • Leadership in the Private Sector – sponsored by Hello Starling
  • Leadership in Social Enterprise – sponsored by Social Firms Wales partnership
  • Leadership in the Voluntary and Not for Profit Sector – sponsorship to be confirmed
  • Young Leader (14 – 25 years) – sponsored by NatWest Cymru
  • Next Generation Leader – sponsored by GE Aviation Wales
  • Women in Leadership – sponsored by ILM
  • Leadership for the Future – sponsored by CIPD

About the Leading Wales Awards

  • 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 and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).
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