Director of science made simple Wendy Sadler announced winner of Leadership Award





Wendy Sadler, Director of Cardiff-based social enterprise science made simple has been named a winner at the annual Leading Wales Awards, the prestigious pan-Wales awards that recognise and celebrate leadership in Welsh society.

The winners of the eight categories (six women and two men) were announced at the eleventh Leading Wales Awards, which took place at the Hilton, Cardiff Thursday 4th June 2015.

Wendy was named winner of the Leadership in Social Enterprise category, supported by Social Firms Wales & Wales Co-Operative Centre at this year’s awards, in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Wendy was one of 28 finalists across eight categories that span the public, private, voluntary / not-for-profit and social enterprise sectors and cross-sectoral categories including Women, Young, Next Generation and Leadership for the Future.

After receiving her award, Wendy said; “It means so much to me personally and to the science made simple team to be recognised as leaders in the social enterprise sector. We’re all passionate that everyone should have access to science, and I’m fortunate that the people drawn to this career are incredibly motivated and inspirational already. Being nominated was an honour, but it was an incredibly proud moment for me to win.”

Wales Co-Operative Centre, supporting the award and on the judging panel said; “We were hugely impressed by the commitment she inspires in others.  She ensures her staff are fully engaged in the running of the company.  Wendy has proven her determination to be a great leader by gaining science made simple recognition as an Investors In People employer. She invests in regular staff training sessions to build strong team relationships and ensure high quality.”

Rachel Clacher, founder of Welsh success story, MoneyPenny and sponsor of the Women in Leadership award, was also the guest speaker. She said; “Leadership is the ultimate apprentice trade. Everyone can be a leader but good leaders say, “Follow me, I’m right behind you”. All of the leaders in the room today can be very proud that their individual stories reflect that.”

Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards Consortium added; “All of our finalists here today are truly exceptional “leaders who are indeed making a real difference in Wales”. It is a happy coincidence that six of the eight are women. Yet each has a passionate belief in and commitment to a cause or business or community, a strong moral compass together with a real complexity of skills, attributes and knowledge. Through their leadership they are contributing to us building The Wales We Really Want.”



Details of the other finalists and judges are available on the website

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Connect with Wendy on Twitter @wendyjsadler and her organisation science made simple @scimadesimple. For more information, visit



science made simple is a social enterprise with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. They do this by developing and presenting interactive performances that travel to schools and festivals across the UK and internationally (28 countries to date!). The shows support and enrich the curriculum and showcase contemporary science and its relevance to students. The company reaches around 70,000 students each year and over 500,000 since they began. With a head office in Cardiff University and regional presenters across the UK, they offer nationwide coverage.


The company also offers science communication and public engagement training using a range of innovative formats, including street performance, physical theatre and busking. They also offer a unique non-verbal theatre show called visualise – which has no words, but plenty of show-stopping science. In 2009 we were awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering medal for the Public Promotion of Engineering.


Press contact:

For more information regarding science made simple, please contact Zoë Gamble on 02920 876 884 or email

For more information regarding the Leading Wales Awards, please contact Alex McArthur on 07791 200391 or email


  1. Leading Wales Awards 2015 Winners and Finalists


Category Finalists
Leadership in the Public Sector (sponsored by Academi Wales) Joy Ballard, Headteacher, Willows High School, Cardiff – WINNERLeighton Davies, Director, Finance Centre of Excellence, BBCDr 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, Cardiff – WINNERRocio Cifuentes, Director, Ethnic Youth Support TeamMarten 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 RefineryMike Gorshkov, Founder and Managing Director, Linea Resourcing LtdJoanne Owen, Front Line Manager, Blackhorse, Lloyds Banking Group, Cardiff- WINNER
Leadership in Social Enterprise (sponsored by Social Firms Wales & Wales Co-Operative Centre) Stephen Ray, Director, RCSWendy Sadler, Director, Science made Simple, Cardiff- WINNERDewi Williams, CEO, Antur Teifi Cyf


Young Leader (14-25yrs) (sponsored by Natwest) Theo Davies-Lewis, Sixth Form StudentSam Lewis, Operations manager, Randomz Ltd, Cwmbran – WINNERCaryl 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 MateJohn Burnett, Operations Section Head, RWE Generation, Barry, Cardiff – WINNERNatalie 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 OppressionKaren Hutchings, Managing Director, Goose IslandEmma Powell, Director, Zipporah Ltd, Cardiff – WINNER

Jayne Smith, Director, CIOTEK

Leadership for the Future (sponsored by The Wales We Want) Paola Dyboski-Bryant, Bubbler in Chief, Dr ZigsWendy Hyett, Women’s Pathfinder Project Manager, Wales Community Rehabilitation Company  (wales wide)- WINNERMike 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