Awards’ Sponsors and Supporters


Awards’ Sponsors and Supporters

A huge thank you to our valued sponsors and supporters for the 2019 Awards.

We are delighted to announce that The Institute of Leadership & Management are our headline sponsors for 2019.

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“As the professional membership body for leaders and managers, The Institute of Leadership & Management is delighted to partner with The Leading Wales Awards as headline sponsors for 2019. These Awards are held in high esteem by individuals and organisations in Wales and are a source of inspiration for leaders everywhere. The Institute is particularly proud to be an active partner in this, the final year of the Leading Wales Awards. It has been an incredible journey over fifteen years; highlighting outstanding leadership and growing an extensive alumni of role models across all sectors, from all areas of Wales and at all levels of responsibility. This is a legacy to be proud of, both within and beyond Wales.”
Phil James, CEO, The Institute of Leadership & Management

Leadership in the Public Sector

supported by Academi Wales


“At Academi Wales we’re committed to building strong leadership through world-class learning opportunities. We strive to promote and enhance leadership qualities across the Welsh Public Service.

We’re proud to sponsor the ‘Leadership in the Public Sector’ category and firmly believe in the diverse set of talents leaders in Wales possess. This type of recognition of the outstanding achievements of Welsh leaders provides role models for people at all layers of organisations.

There are many engaging and inspiring leaders within Wales and we hope more of their stories will be revealed through the Leading Wales Awards.”
Jo Hicks, Director of Academi Wales


Leadership in the Voluntary & Not for Profit Sector

sponsored by Williams Ross

“Williams Ross is proud to be sponsoring the Leadership in the Voluntary Sector category of the Leading Wales Awards again in 2019. This is because it showcases marvelous examples of how clear and effective leadership can make an enormous difference to the setting up, growth and sustainability of organisations. It also celebrates the great work being undertaken in Wales today in the Voluntary Sector. This can only help build confidence in that sector and encourage others to emulate the successes highlighted.” John Chown, Director, Williams Ross Ltd

Leadership in the Private Sector

sponsored by CIPD Wales

“At CIPD Wales we strive to develop better working and working lives, so we are delighted to be sponsoring the Leadership in the Private Sector category at the 2019 Leading Wales Awards. Our extensive research and expertise enable us to build a clear and impartial outlook on the future and promote working practices that have maximum value for employers and their employees. It is vital for prosperous and successful business leaders to steer our economy toward ongoing growth. There are many inspiring and accomplished leaders in Wales, and we are proud to be a part of something that celebrates their achievements.”
Lesley Richards, Head of CIPD Wales

Leadership in Social Enterprise

is sponsored by Social Business Wales

“We at the Wales Co-operative Centre are delighted to support the Leadership in Social Enterprise category of the Leading Wales Awards again this year! It is really important to us to represent and champion the great work of the nominees while shining a light on all the social enterprises in Wales. Looking forward, it’s a privilege to take on hosting the category within our Social Business Wales Awards in 2020.”
Derek Walker, Chief Executive, Wales Co-operative Centre

Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion

Sponsored by CMI Cymru

“CMI Cymru sees diversity as part of the culture of inclusion. Creating a culture of inclusion depends on great leadership so we’re delighted to sponsor this category. Measuring a company’s ‘culture’ can be difficult as can measuring ‘inclusion’. But we know good leadership when we see it in practice and this Award is closely aligned with the vision of CMI Cymru: promoting better leadership and management. We would encourage all the finalists to aim for Chartered Manager status.”
Gary Metcalfe CMgr. FCMI, FIC Chair of CMI Cymru.

Women in Leadership

Sponsored by Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cardiff School of Management is proud to sponsor this award; women are not fairly represented in leadership positions in so many walks of life, despite the many initiatives that have been undertaken to address this imbalance.

It is critical that awards such as this ensure that women are given the spotlight they deserve; both to recognise their achievements and to inspire others.
Siân Rees, Associate Dean/Director of Innovation & Enterprise

Leadership for the Future (Sustainability)

Sponsored by Educ8 Group

“We’ve built a strong leadership team here at Educ8 because we realise it’s the only way to help people achieve the next steps in their careers and lives and help organisations to become better equipped and more sustainable. That’s why we’re so keen to support the Leadership for The Future (Sustainability) award category, championing those that work to make our communities more sustainable.”
Grant Santos, CEO, Educ8 Group

Young Leader (14 – 25 years old)

is sponsored by Alcumus

“Alcumus already has some inspiring leaders across the business. To continue to grow the great leaders of tomorrow, we are dedicated to supporting and developing the young, aspiring leaders of today.

For this reason, we are delighted to support the ‘Young Leader’ Award category at the 2019 Leading Wales Awards. This award celebrates those individuals who are demonstrating successful leadership qualities from a young age.”
Valerie Rees, Chief People Officer, Alcumus

Inspiring Great Leadership (Organisational Award)

Is sponsored by the Institute of Leadership & Management

“The Institute of Leadership & Management believes in the difference that great leadership can make to people’s lives. We see leadership as a relational process that happens throughout organisations and believe inspiration can come in all forms and often, from unexpected places. Great leadership is about sustaining inspiration and that’s why we’re proud and privileged to sponsor the Inspiring Great Leadership category.”
Phil James, CEO, The Institute of Leadership & Management