We want to celebrate the young women coming through in different roles and sectors who show great promise for the future. The winner of this award will be a woman who has entered the workplace in the last 5 years, has already achieved success and has demonstrated real potential.
Meet our finalists
Bethan Owen – Abergele
Bethan Owen likes to keep busy. A student at Rhyl College, Bethan is a member of the police cadets, runs a karate club and is also a young carer for her mum. Bethan first tried karate at the age of 7 and found her passion. As a young carer, Bethan found that karate gave her confidence, motivation, and the skills to succeed. Finding a hobby and a community that she loved was instrumental in being able to support her parents who she adores. However, classes were expensive. So, Bethan and her Dad set up a new Dojo where money was not a barrier and everyone could be included, especially other young carers. Starting off small, Bethan now runs four classes per week. She loves to see everyone succeed, no matter what age and continues to support other young carers. By being open about her experiences, she is being the role model she wished she had when she was younger.
Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland – Vale of Glamorgan
Charlie and Amy are life-long friends and co-founders of Warrior Women Collective – a growing community with the aim to inspire and celebrate women. Warrior Women Collective supports and empowers women, whether that comes from attending events, listening to the podcast, or simply being part of an online community. Since setting up the first event in 2017 they have grown the collective and now run an event every month with a growing following. Ensuring they put their collective at the heart of the experience, they are led by the women who attend and cover a variety of different subjects that matter to women most. They provide a springboard for new connections and a safe space to share thoughts and ideas.
Claudia Limpert – Caerphilly
Since childhood, Claudia has been supporting her local community. From volunteering at Local Aid in Swansea during her A Levels, setting up mentoring projects for young carers at university to now working at the Wales Co-operative Centre, Claudia’s enthusiasm for making a difference is inspiring to witness. Quickly gaining the skills she needed to support social enterprise start-ups, Claudia is a key member of the team and her career continues to flourish. Claudia’s support for these organisations is invaluable and she offers expert advice and diverse opinions. The success of these businesses means a lot to Claudia and she is making an impact for communities right across Wales.
Kirsty James – Cardiff
As a teenager Kirsty developed Stargardt disease, a type of vision impairment. Trying to live life as normal, Kirsty attended university with an ambition to become a teacher and hid her gradual sight loss from those around her. One morning Kirsty woke up to find her condition had deteriorated rapidly. She had lost her central vision and her world was turned upside down. No longer able to become a teacher, but being a great believer in taking control of her life, Kirsty went on to work for Velindre Cancer Care and then RNIB, where she started as a trainee. After only three and a half years, Kirsty is now a Campaigns Officer, something that she never thought she would do. Keen to educate people about sight loss and the impact that it has, Kirsty has used empathy, understanding and determination to make a difference for the community and will continue to do so.