In light of the current situation with Coronavirus Covid-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Womenspire 2020 Awards.

With the uncertainty of the coming weeks and possibly months, we felt that this was the right decision. We have rescheduled the Award ceremony with St Fagans Museum, and can confirm the revised date for Womenspire 2020 is Tuesday 29 September.

We will update our timeline in due course – thank you for your understanding and continued support.


Womenspire recognises women for every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution, and we want you to be a part of these celebrations.

Chwarae Teg’s Womenspire Awards showcases the remarkable accomplishments of women across Wales and will inspire future generations.

What’s really humbling is that a lot of these women have no idea how fantastic they are and it’s just an amazing opportunity for ITV to be able to tell these women’s stories and be part of this event.

Nia Britton
ITV Wales

Individual Award Finalists

Hundreds of outstanding entries have been whittled down by our shortlisting panel, and we’re excited to introduce you to our finalists.

More information about each finalist will be available over the coming weeks.

Meet the finalists…

Board Member

Women continue to be under-represented at board level across Wales. This award recognises the achievements of a woman who has made a huge impact on their business as a Non-Executive Director.

  • Dr Victoria Winckler – Cardiff
  • Janice Bell – Caerphilly
  • Jessica Leigh Jones – Vale of Glamorgan
  • Julia Perry & Marie Bradley (joint nomination for FABRIC) – Swansea
Community Champion

There are many examples of women who have contributed significantly to our communities – particularly at times of crisis or challenge. The winner will be an unsung hero – someone who tends to hide from the limelight but whose community holds them up as a role model for other women and girls across Wales.

Meet our finalists

Hazel Lim – Swansea

Hazel Lim is founder of the Chinese Autism Support Group. Upon her son’s diagnosis of Autism, Hazel moved to Swansea and undertook a master’s degree in the condition. Hazel knew that within Chinese culture, ASD is a taboo subject and has a huge stigma. It is often hidden, and a diagnosis can feel like the end of the world for many families in her community.. Hazel is battling to change that perception and is on a mission to provide the support to those children and their families who so desperately need it. Hazel has provided a lifeline for many families in Swansea and is looking to scale up the support she offers. By breaking down these cultural barriers, she is ensuring that young people with Autism are given the right support to fulfil their potential.

Melissa Berry – Swansea

Former captain of the Women’s Welsh Rugby team, Melissa  is the Director of Include Hub in Swansea. It is run by people who have been vulnerable, including  ex-offenders, forothers who are now on a journey of recovery. The idea is to harness the potential of people who have lived experience of the challenges faced by disadvantaged groups, and for them to help others turn their lives around. With a passion for Neuroscience, discovered whilst playing rugby, Mellissa believes that understanding how the brain functions can help people recover from trauma and go on to fulfil their potential. Walking alongside her Include family, she leads the way to ensure that people are not treated as labels and they are valued, supported, and empowered to lead their own lives and thrive.

Pamela Judge – Ceredigion

An igniter of passion for social justice, Pamela has mobilised over 500 women the Ceredigion area to become active WASPI campaigners. Through personal experience, Pamela recognised that women born in the 1950’s were being unfairly treated and financially penalised. Throughout her life, Pamela has campaigned for organisations such as Women’s Aid and is always ensuring that women’s voices are heard, and  empowered to make a significant change for their communities. Unlocking the potential of the women in her community, Pamela has proved that they are a force to be reckoned with and continues to do so. Ensuring that she provides the support for those who may see political activism as ‘not for them’ she has gained the support of the local AM and MPs and she is continuing to fight for justice for the WASPI women.

Philippa Davies – Mold, Flintshire

Based in Mold, Phillippa is the writer of the play ‘Dancing in the Wings.’ This moving play is based upon her own struggles with stillbirth and child loss. ‘Dancing in the Wings’ aims to raise awareness of these issues and reach out to those facing similar hardship and show them that they are not alone. After spending 3 years trying to access the right support, Phillippa is determined to make a difference for those families who have experienced loss like her. ‘Dancing in the Wings’ has been performed at Theatr Clwyd and the Chester Forum. It is also being used with midwives and other NHS staff through their professional development allowing them to improve their working practices at what is an extremely difficult time.

Entrepreneur

Fewer women start businesses than men and the average income of a self employed woman is currently around £10,000. This award celebrates those women who have bucked the trend and set up successful businesses with real growth potential.

Meet our finalists

Jade Fisher – Cardiff

With an ethos to spread kindness and encouragement, Jade set up her greeting cards business in 2015. Finding her confidence along the way, she now runs a global brand with a turnover that is doubling each year. Jade’s brand celebrates friendship in a truly authentic way, featuring designs that started out as messages for her friends. She also draws on inspiration from books, music and poetry to create her beautiful cards and calendars. Jade’s greeting cards and paper goods are sold in over 300 stores across Europe and in over 100 stores in the USA and Australia. Knowing the impact that representation can have, Jade’s designs feature women of colour and other protected characteristics. This allows her to truly connect with her community. A mentor for Welsh ICE and Prince’s Trust, she is keen to empower other women into business. You don’t have to be a ‘certain type of person to succeed in business’

Sam Davies – Denbigh

A specialist recruitment consultant for Civil Engineering, Sam set up iconsult Technical in 2015 in Denbigh. Working across the UK, Sam is one of only four organisations that recruits for such specialist roles and she works with over 11,000 engineers each year. Passionate about Wales, Sam is proud to have grown the business to employ staff members from the local area and provide opportunities for learning and growth. Self-taught in geotechnics, Sam provides the right candidates for the engineering firms that she works with. Always looking for opportunities to give back, Sam and the team have philanthropy at the core of the business. They have raised over £10,000 for the charity Sense. Through a graduate recruitment scheme Sam has not only ensured that great opportunities are opened to female graduates, but the profits from this scheme have been donated to Glan Clwyd Hospital children’s ward.

Sian Cartledge – Neath

Graphic designer Sian identified a gap in the market when her son Max started school in the Swansea Valleys. Wanting to give him the gift of the Welsh language, Sian enrolled Max in a Welsh medium school and suddenly realised that, as an English speaker, it was going to be hard to help him with his studies. During lunch breaks, Sam created some flash cards to help Max learn. It also allowed her to learn alongside him. Sian thought she would be helping just a couple of families at the same school but within a week had sold 250 packs of flashcards. The business was born. Now providing Welsh language resources, home decorations and greeting cards to over 170 stockists in Wales, Sam is passionate about helping others. Offering flexible employment opportunities to others in the area, Sam says she is ‘really living her dream’.

Stephanie Hill – Swansea

A true force for change, Stephanie set up her training organisation around 5 years ago whilst on maternity leave. Taking charge of her own destiny, Stephanie is passionate about giving people the tools to help themselves through training in emotional resilience and widening horizons. She was inspired by her own journey as an Indian Ocean Tsunami survivor who overcame Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Wanting to help others she went on to study an MA in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development, and has worked in the Humanitarian Sector, International Aid and Health and Social Care sectors. Passionate about creating a foundation for feminism, Stephanie is currently working with the UN across Asia educating Police Forces to consider and implement a gender responsiveness when working with survivors of human trafficking

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Leader

This award celebrates women who are successfully leading by example. The winner will be someone who has not only been successful in her own right, but has used the opportunities provided by the position she has reached to support and mentor other women.

  • Lolita Tsanaclis – Cardiff
  • Ruth Northway – Pontypridd
  • Xuehua Liu Au-Yeung – Swansea
  • Tracey Rankine – Bridgend
Learner

Lifelong learning benefits everyone. It has the power to change lives. This award celebrates those women who have reentered learning and/or education to realise their full potential.

  • Carys Godding – Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Izabel Oag – Cardiff
  • Llinos Jones – Carmarthenshire
  • Zlatitsa Stoilova – Blaenau Gwent
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Rising Star

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.

  • Bethan Owen – Abergele
  • Charlie Morgan and Amy Holland – Vale of Glamorgan
  • Claudia Limpert – Caerphilly
  • Kirsty James – Cardiff
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Woman in Sport

This award recognises the contribution women make to sport in Wales. This could be as an athlete, coach or in another role in which they have raised the visibility or increased the impact of women’s sport in Wales.

Meet our finalists

Elinor Snowsill – Cardiff

Elinor has been a Wales Rugby Player for more than 10 years. Performing at the pinnacle of her professional rugby career, she  found her passion in helping girls succeed in school. As a coach and mentor for School of Hard Knocks, Elinor works with girls across south Wales who are most likely disengaged from education. Elinor believes that sport can unlock the potential for these girls, and whilst providing one to one coaching and mentoring support for the girls that she works with, she also ignites their passion for rugby. Teamwork, leadership, and commitment to training are just some of the skills she helps them to develop. Keen to expand this work on an international level, Elinor is a true advocate for rugby at all levels.

Gwen Spurlock – Swansea

Gwen is a Welsh surfing champion and three-times winner of the women’s UK Pro Surf Tour. After being told she would never surf again due to a traumatic brain injury at aged 16, Gwen has gone from strength to strength. Gwen is keen to promote surfing as a hobby and a profession for girls in Swansea. Gwen was inspired by a female role model as she found her passion for surfing and now encourages and support girls at all levels, from beginners through the HOW Girls Camp to professional coaching and management for the Olympics. Gwen is proud that our best hope of a medal is a woman at the next games, and she hopes to grow a pipeline of talent for this ‘amazing’ sport.

Kelly Leonard – Aberdare

Kelly has always been passionate about sport, achieving her dream of becoming a Physical Training Instructor in the RAF, she thrived in a predominately male environment. Out of the blue, Kelly had a major accident that left her with partial use of her footbut with optimism and determination, she tried various sports over the years. Sometimes she would end up with further injuries, but this didn’t get her down. Kelly was invited to play a game of wheelchair rugby by the Invictus Gamesand has never looked back. She is now Vice Captain of the UK Invictus Team for 2020. Currently setting up teams in her area, she wants to encourage veterans and civilians alike to take part in this ‘fast and furious’ sport. Already coaching swimming and football for children, Kelly now wants to go on to coach wheelchair rugby and see the sport grow.

Laura Charles-Price – Swansea

Working for Cricket Wales, Laura lives and breathes cricket. Laura is passionate about growing a sustainable game for women and girls. Providing engaging cricket activities and sustainable funding models, Laura is instrumental in ensuring that the intervention lasts in this male dominated sport. By providing training for women, Laura is responsible for female inclusion at committees across south Wales from Carmarthenshire to Monmouth. Recognising that cricket can be seen as an elitist sport with expensive equipment, Laura ensures that kit is provided for the girls in the league so all girls can learn the skills they need to enjoy the sport. Never taking ‘no’ for an answer, Laura is changing the face of cricket for good by providing a clear pathway for the development of women and girls.

Woman in STEM

This award celebrates the women who are building Wales through advancing in their own career journey and making a real difference to the STEM sectors in Wales. Our winner will be encouraging other women into these disciplines and supporting women to progress.

  • Amy Rattenbury – Glyndwr Uni, Wrexham
  • Bethan Collins (Tenovus Virus Tinkerers)  – Cardiff
  • Hannah Pearce – Neath
  • Youmna Mohammed – Swansea
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Employer Award Finalists

Diversity Champion

Businesses that are more diverse are more profitable, more successful and are employers of choice. This award recognises organisations that have taken a proactive approach to close the gender divide in the workplace. They will have run a successful initiative or campaign to directly address gender imbalance for their organisation. They will be able to evidence why gender diversity is of benefit to all employees, not just women. They will be able to evidence the impact their improvements have had on both individual employees and the organisation as a whole.

  • Aberystwyth University Students’ Union – Aberystwyth
  • Pembrokeshire People First – Haverfordwest
  • Avia Sports Cars – Cardiff
  • Econ Construction – Cardiff
FairPlay Employer

This award will celebrate our FairPlay Employers who are on their journey to gender equality within their organisations. We will assess the distance travelled and the impact achieved.

We want you to spend the reception exploring the Museum inside and out, enjoying the food & drink and, most importantly, meeting like-minded people!

Here are our top tips for networking in a feminist festival style…
  • Dress Code: Wear What makes you Happy. Whatever you like. We want you to arrive feeling comfortable and confident – because you are phenomenal.
  • We challenge you to meet at least 3 new people at Womenspire – so make the most of the opportunity to roam, discover and get involved.
  • Stuck for words? Here are some of our favourite Ice Breakers:

“Have you been to Womenspire before?”
“Who is the most inspirational woman you know?”
“Have you ever seen something like this at the Museum before?”

How do I get to St Fagan's?

Address: St Fagan’s National Museum of History, Cardiff, CF5 6XB

Directions to the venue and accessibility information can be found on their website https://museum.wales/stfagans/visit/

Will there be parking at St Fagan's?

Yes, the venue has plenty of parking which will be free of charge on the night of our Awards event.

Where can I get my tickets?

You will need to print your ticket from Eventbrite.

Sponsors and Finalists can collect their tickets from our reception desk, set up at the entrance of the museum.

St Fagans National Museum of History

Is there a set menu for the dinner?

Womenspire is no ordinary ceremony. There will be an array of street food for you to choose from upon arrival – an experience designed for networking, and exploring St Fagan’s exhibition space and will be available upon arrival from 6pm.

Vegetarian, vegan and halal food will be available.

Additional dietary requirements will need to be emailed to womenspire@chwaraeteg.com

What are the seating arrangements?

Womenspire is no ordinary award ceremony and seats are unallocated. Different stalls will serve up our street food extravaganza – an experience designed for networking, and exploring St Fagan’s exhibition space and will be available upon arrival from 6pm.

In the event of wet weather, the entertainment and food will be moved indoors.

For the award ceremony, the unreserved seating will be in theater style. Seats will be not be allocated so you can choose who to sit with to enjoy the evening.

Our sponsors and finalists will have reserved seating for easy access of presentation and acceptance of awards.

Is there a dress code?

There is no set dress code. Wear what makes you happy!

Do you have to be a finalist to attend the awards ceremony?

Not at all. Womenspire is a great event to attend if you’re looking for something interesting and/or inspiring to do with family / friends / workmates – or if you’re simply looking for an excellent networking opportunity.

Womenspire 2019

1st Jul 2019
Board Member Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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1st Jul 2019
Community Activist Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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12th Feb 2020
Creative Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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17th Feb 2020
Entrepreneur Winner | Womenspire 2019
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27th Jan 2020
Leader Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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2nd Mar 2020
Learner Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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10th Feb 2020
Rising Star Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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16th Mar 2020
Woman in Sport Award Winner | Womenspire 2019
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1st Jul 2019
Woman in STEM Winner | Womenspire 2019
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