An awards ceremony recognising the achievements of some of Wales’ most remarkable women has seen honours bestowed ‘virtually’ across the nation.
The Womenspire awards, run by Chwarae Teg, streamed across Face Book and Twitter last night (29.9.2020) showcasing the winners and finalists who are making such a difference to others and their communities.
Presented by Andrea Byrne of ITV Cymru Wales and Welsh actress Elin Pavli-Hinde, the ceremony was able to open up to a global online audience to share news of the women’s accomplishments.
The biggest winner on the night was Autism awareness campaigner and founder of the Chinese Autism Support Group, Hazel Lim. She received the Community Champion Award as well as the overall title of Womenspire Champion 2020 having impressed the judges with her warmth and unwavering commitment to her cause.
Winners in other categories were as follows:
Board Member: Jessica Leigh Jones (Vale of Glamorgan) – multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist
Leader: Tracey Rankine (Bridgend) – Detective Chief Inspector with South Wales Police, who excels in developing colleagues
Woman in STEM: Youmna Mouhamad (Swansea) – a multi-talented STEM technology transfer fellow at Swansea University and creator of the college of engineering BAME network
Sport: Elinor Snowsill (Cardiff) – Wales Rugby Player and mentor at the School of Hard Knocks
Rising Star: Bethan Owen (Bodelwyddan) – young carer and Karate club founder
Entrepreneur: Sian Cartledge (Neath) – owner of Welsh language learning resources business -Max Rocks
Learner: Carys Godding (Bridgend) – an ATC Engineer at Welsh Water with a passion for learning that’s taken her from an apprenticeship to a first degree in Electrical Engineering
There were two awards for employers too, with the ‘Gender Equality Champion’ going to Aberystwyth University Students’ Union and ‘FairPlay Employer’ to The Open University.
Tahirah Ali a community volunteer, youth ambassador and diversity champion was also announced as the winner of the Wonderful Welsh Women ‘People’s Choice Award’ following a public vote.