Celebrating leadership in Wales as the Leading Wales Awards announce their 2015 shortlist


Leading Wales Awards 2015

Wendy Sadler, Director of Cardiff-based social enterprise science made simple, has been named a finalist in Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards.

The Leading Wales Awards, in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University are now in their eleventh year. They seek to recognise and celebrate the role of leadership as a key driver of economic success in Wales.

Wendy has been nominated in the Leadership in Social Enterprise category for her leadership role as director of science made simple: managing and developing thirteen staff, sourcing funding and sponsorship which supports STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and maths), and enthusing people of all ages  with STEM. She is one of 3 finalists in the category.

Wendy said; “It means so much to be short listed for this award. Social enterprises are a vital part of the Welsh economy, and our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers plays an important part in building a positive future for young people.”

Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards, said; “We had an impressive response to our drive for nominations this year from many outstanding candidates and so the shortlisting was incredibly hard work. With the General Election on the horizon and much public and media debate about what is good leadership, the importance of celebrating and showcasing our excellent leadership at all levels of life and business in Wales is highly relevant. We look forward to meeting all the finalists on May 1st when it is Judging Day.

The Leading Wales Awards Consortium wishes to also say a special thank you to the very many individuals who have taken the time and care to write and submit a nomination for someone they know whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales.”

Becky Holmes, Staff and Marketing Manager at science made simple, said; “I am delighted that Wendy has been recognised by being shortlisted for the ‘Social Enterprise in Leadership’ award. She has worked tirelessly to change the way that science, engineering and maths are viewed by the public. By creating ‘science made simple’, Wendy has inspired thousands of people, and developed an amazing team along the way. We all wish her luck, and wholeheartedly support her in her vision.”

The winners will be announced at the lunchtime awards ceremony, which will take place at the Hilton Cardiff on Thursday 4th June at which Rachel Clacher, Founder and Director of Moneypenny will be our guest speaker. Tickets are available at a cost of £52.50 + VAT. Please contact leadingwalesawards@learningpathways.info to purchase.

The alumni of past winners is now very extensive including individuals such as Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, CEO of Pendine Park Care Homes and honorary award winners of our previous First Minister Rhodri Morgan and also of Wales’ rugby captain Sam Warburton.

For more information please visit www.leadingwalesawards.co.uk

Press contact:

For more information regarding the Leading Wales Awards, please contact Alex McArthur on 07791 200391 or email alex@mcarthur-davies.co.uk.

  1. Leading Wales Awards 2015 Finalist details


Category Finalists
Leadership in the Public Sector (sponsored by Academi Wales) Joy Ballard, Headteacher, Willows High School, Cardiff

Leighton Davies, Director, Finance Centre of Excellence, BBC

Dr Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales

Roger Thomas, Corporate Head of Service Delivery, Mid & West Wales Fire Service

Leadership in the Voluntary Sector (Sponsored by the Fairwood Trust) Lindsay Bruce, CEO, NewLink Wales

Rocio Cifuentes, Director, Ethnic Youth Support Team

Marten Lewis, Executive Director, Darwin Centre for Biology and Medicine

David Pugh, Chief Executive, PRIME Cymru

Leadership in the Private Sector (sponsored by Hello Starling!) Chris Davies, Contract Manager, Valero Oil Refinery

Mike Gorshkov, Founder and Managing Director, Linea Resourcing Ltd

Joanne Owen, Front Line Manager, Blackhorse, Lloyds Banking Group

Leadership in Social Enterprise (sponsored by Social Firms Wales & Wales Co-Operative Centre) Stephen Ray, Director, RCS

Wendy Sadler, Director, Science made Simple

Dewi Williams, CEO, Antur Teifi Cyf


Young Leader (14-25yrs) (sponsored by Natwest) Theo Davies-Lewis, Sixth Form Student

Sam Lewis, Operations manager, Randomz Ltd

Caryl Thomas, Owner and Managing Director, Sparkles Cleaning Services

Next Generation Leader (sponsored by The Leading Wales Awards Consortium) Ed Barnett, Director, Cartridge Mate Ltd t/a Copier Mate

John Burnett, Operations Section Head, RWE Generation

Natalie Hancock, Refuge Team Leader, Calan DVS

Ella Rabaiotti, Assistant Chief Executive, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company

Women in Leadership (sponsored by Moneypenny) Dr Jennifer Hartley, Founder & Director, Theatre versus Oppression

Karen Hutchings, Managing Director, Goose Island

Emma Powell, Director, Zipporah Ltd

Jayne Smith, Director, CIOTEK

Leadership for the Future (sponsored by The Wales We Want) Dr Paola Dyboski-Bryant, Bubbler in Chief, Dr Zigs

Wendy Hyett, Women’s Pathfinder Project Manager, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company

Mike Thomas, Quality & Training Officer, Monwel Ltd


  1. Consortium members

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
  • CMI Cymru
  • Harding Evans Solicitors
  • Hilton Cardiff
  • Learning Pathways Cymru
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action