Celebrating Welsh Heroes

Profiling the finalists in tonight’s Inspire Wales Awards

Leadership may be a nebulous concept. But we all know it when we see it. At tonight’s IWA Inspire Wales awards we are honouring leaders across Wales. Few of them are publicly known figures. Their achievements are often unsung. But they are all making Wales a better place. The fact that we had the highest number of entries for this year’s awards is an encouraging indicator that despite trying times our communities are alive with ambition and determination.

Once again the judges have had a difficult task of sifting through so many inspiring stories. We could have awarded the prizes many times over. The IWA’s particular thanks go to our media partner – the Western Mail – to our many sponsors, to those who have spent time judging the awards, and to you for attending tonight and helping us recognise and celebrate success.

Click on the category name below to see each of the finalists:

Arts & Culture – Sponsored by Orchard Media and Events group

Young Achiever – Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities

Business Leader – Sponsored by Leadership Management Wales

Creative Industries Development Award – Sponsored by the Welsh Government

Sport – Sponsored by Sports Wales

Educator – Sponsored by WJEC

Science & Technology – Sponsored by Western Power Distribution

Environmentalist – Sponsored by INSPIRE, University of Wales Trinity Saint David & The Waterloo Foundation

Welsh at Work (Large organisations) – Sponsored by the CADCentre

Welsh at Work (Small organisations) – Sponsored by the CADCentre

Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Sponsored by British Gas

Citizen’s Voice – Sponsored by First Great Western

All the finalists have powerful stories to tell. It is our privilege to hear and promote them. Our hope is that they will inspire you as they have us.

Lee Waters is Director of the IWA

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