Awards’ Sponsors and Supporters

A huge thank you to our valued sponsors and supporters for the 2017 Awards.

We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Leading Wales Awards are in association with The Institute of Leadership & Management.
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Phil James, CEO at the Institute of Leadership & Management, says:
As the professional membership body for leaders, managers, coaches and mentors, The Institute of Leadership & Management is delighted to partner with the Leading Wales Awards.

We believe inspirational leadership holds the key to personal fulfilment, social wellbeing and economic prosperity and the Leading Wales Awards represent an opportunity to celebrate and highlight leadership that is making a real difference in Wales.

Highlighting, enhancing and harnessing leadership talent in Wales is something we admire and support. By sharing the stories of real people delivering great leadership within Wales, we hope to achieve our shared purpose of inspiring great leadership, everywhere.

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We welcome Nation Radio as our media partners.
“Great leadership is the groundwork for success but the greatest leaders often don’t seek the limelight for themselves. These awards provide a great opportunity to celebrate those driving success across Wales. Nation Radio is proud to be media partners with the Leading Wales Awards.”
Martin Mumford, MD of Nation Radio

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, Head 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 & Not for Profit Sector category of the Leading Wales Awards 2017. We provide a wide range of support to organisations in the not for profit sector throughout Wales, as well as in a number of other sectors. There are marvelous examples of how clear and effective leadership makes an enormous difference to the setting up, growth and sustainability of organisations. Celebrating that leadership through these awards helps to showcase the great work being undertaken in Wales today. This can only help foster confidence in the sector and encourage others to emulate the successes highlighted.”
John Chown, Director, Williams Ross Limited
Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers

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Women in Leadership

sponsored by ILM


“ILM is delighted to be sponsoring the Women in Leadership category of the Leading Wales Awards,” said Becky James, ILM Director of Business Development & Sales. “We are passionate about inspiring and developing the next generation of female leaders, and extremely proud that ILM qualifications already provide so many organisations in Wales with a clear pathway to encourage and enable more ambitious and talented women into senior leadership roles.”
Becky James, ILM Director of Business Development and Sales.

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Leadership for the Future

Sponsored by CIPD Wales


“Our extensive research and expertise enables us to build a clear and impartial outlook on the future, and promote working practices that have maximum value for employers and their employees.

At this time of economic uncertainty, it is vital for prosperous and successful business leaders to steer our economy toward a future of recovery and growth. Our ambition is to implement a sustainable regional structure for Wales and to demonstrate how exceptional leadership at all levels generates positive results.

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

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Young Leader

Sponsored by NatWest Cymru

“At NatWest Cymru we are proud to support the 13th Leading Wales Awards. Our goal is to make a positive difference for our customers and their communities across Wales. These awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of leaders from all walks of life who do just that for this country. I am confident the awards will be a huge success and look forward to a long and lasting association with them”.
Kevin Morgan, Regional Director, NatWest Cymru Business Banking

Next Generation Leader

Sponsored by ACCA

“ACCA Cymru Wales is delighted to sponsor the Next Generation Leader award. Developing leaders for the future is of vital importance to growing the Welsh economy, and supporting young people to develop the academic, vocational and leadership skills is a big part of the work that we at ACCA are doing here in Wales.”
Lloyd Powell,Head of ACCA Cymru Wales

Leadership in the Private Sector

Sponsored by FSB


“FSB Wales is delighted to sponsor Leadership in the Private Sector Award. We are well aware that leadership plays a significant role in growing individual businesses. Leadership ability can mean the difference between moderate and significant growth for any business. As the largest business organisation it is important to FSB not only that we celebrate great leadership in business, but that we encourage all business owners to develop their own leadership capacity, and that of the people around them.”
Ben Cottam, Head of External Affairs, FSB Wales

Leadership in Social Enterprise

Sponsored by Social Firms Wales

“At Social Firms Wales, we are convinced that without leaders in our communities we would not see the development of Social Firms and social enterprises that provide employment for people who face significant barriers to gaining, and retaining paid work. We have supported the Leading Wales Awards since 2010 and are immensely proud to be associated with an awards ceremony of great significance and social value. It is our role to champion the importance of leadership, what can be achieved and the positive impact strong leadership has within our communities across Wales.”
San Leonard, Director Social Firms Wales