Leadership in the Public Sector supported by Academi Wales

Leadership in Voluntary & Not for Profit Sector sponsored by Williams Ross

Leadership in the Private Sector sponsored by CIPD

Leadership in Social Enterprise sponsored by ACCA

Young Leader (14 – 25 years) sponsorship Hodge

Women in Leadership supported by The Leading Wales Awards Consortium

Leadership for the Future sponsored by RWA

Inspiring Great Leadership (Organisational Award) sponsored by The Institute of Leadership & Management


Nominations in this category are open to any individuals who have a leadership role at whatever level of responsibility within any Public Sector organisation in Wales (e.g. Local Authorities, Schools, NHS, Colleges of FE, Higher Education, Public Bodies etc).

Supported by Academi Wales


Academi Wales is the national centre for leadership excellence in Wales. We understand the need to build leaders for the future – especially in these challenging times where we need to save money and make the best use of what we have. Rather than developing knowledge and experience in traditional boundaries, we add value by continuing to develop thinking, best practice, and knowledge across generations, sectors and professions across the Welsh public service.

We seek to inspire by setting the strategic direction for leadership in Wales through our events and publications and equip leaders with straight forward and effective approaches to their challenges. We support leaders so they can unlock their problems and find their own solutions and stretch them to achieve the possible through our innovative development programmes and facilitation methods. We aim to bring world-class learning to public service leaders and managers across Wales, offering them a broad range of cutting-edge activities.


This category is open to individuals who are either employed by a Charity in Wales or are volunteers in Wales (aligned to any sector) and who have a leadership role. (Volunteering includes a variety of roles such as volunteering for a professional body, on a board of trustees, school governor etc.)

Sponsored by Williams Ross


This category is open to individuals who are employed in the Private Sector in Wales, in a business of any size or turnover and who have a leadership role at whatever level of responsibility in that business.

Sponsored  by CIPD

CIPD have been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years, providing valuable points of view on the rapidly changing world of work through our expertise and research.  For our members we’re the career partner of choice, setting professional standards and providing the know-how to drive the HR and L&D professions forward.

Independent, not-for-profit and holding a highly respected Royal Charter, we exist to make work and working lives better. And at a time of unprecedented change we have the vision, agility and strength to make a real difference to our members, to businesses, to the economy and to all working people.


This category is open to individuals working within a Social Enterprise that have a leadership role at whatever level of responsibility. Social Enterprises are businesses trading for social and environmental purposes and whose profits are re-invested to sustain and further their mission for positive change.

Sponsored by ACCA

ACCA is the world’s most forward thinking professional accountancy body. We believe that accountancy is vital for economies to grow and prosper – which is why we work all over the world to build the profession and make society fairer and more transparent. We have more than 188,000 fully qualified members and 480,000 students worldwide.

In Wales, we work with large and small businesses across all sectors, the Welsh Government, educational institutions and opinion formers. We’re on top of emerging trends, legislation and legal requirements – helping to shape them and to develop the next generation of innovative, strategic-thinking accountants our fast-changing world needs.


This category is open to young people between 14 and 25 years who have a leadership role in any occupation (paid or voluntary) i.e. in business, in Public Services, in the community, in schools, colleges or Higher Education. (Please note: that in the case of young people younger than 18, contact details must not be provided to us. We shall communicate with the nominator only.)

Sponsored by Hodge

The Hodge group is primarily engaged in financial services. Hodge Bank offers retail savings products for and finance for property investment and development projects. Hodge Lifetime is a later life specialist offering annuities and a wide range of mortgage products for the over 55 market. The Hodge Foundation owns 79% of the Hodge group and provides grants to a range of charitable causes, primarily based in Wales.


This category is open to women in leadership roles in every sector (Public, Private, Voluntary or Social Enterprise) and at whatever level of responsibility in the organisation or business.

Supported by The Leading Wales Awards Consortium


This category is open to individuals from all sectors (Public, Private, Voluntary and Social Enterprise) whose leadership is impacting significantly on contributing to sustainability both within and beyond the organisation.

By sustainability we mean leadership which impacts positively on any or all of the goals relating to the Well-being of our future generations in Wales: economic prosperity, greater resilience, a healthier Wales, a more equal Wales, cohesive communities, vibrant culture and Welsh language, the environment and hence a Wales that is globally responsible.

sponsored by RWA

RWA is a leading business consultancy that focuses on delivering forward thinking and practical solutions aimed at helping organisations achieve their goals. For over 25 years, our teams of subject specialists have worked with organisations and individuals across multiple levels in the areas of consultancy, eLearning, regulatory compliance, human resources and training. RWA prides itself on the quality, experience and industry knowledge of its team of Directors, subject specialists, support staff and regional teams. Based centrally in Blaenavon, Torfaen, we are proud to be a sponsor at the Leading Wales Awards.


This is an award to an organisation from any sector that has clearly implemented successful engagement strategies that demonstrably include inspiring the development of the leadership skills of its employees (and volunteers). The judges are seeking to identify and recognise an organisation that is “leading the way in the engagement and development of its individual employees (and volunteers), helping develop the next generation of leaders”.

Sponsored by The Institute of Leadership & Management