Taking place on Thursday 30th September, Chwarae Teg Womenspire 2021 will be an online awards ceremony.

Once again supported by ITV Wales and a host of forward-thinking sponsors we will recognise women for every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution.

In light of the ongoing restrictions and uncertainty caused by the COVID pandemic, this year’s Chwarae Teg’s Womenspire Awards ceremony will take place online. We are committed to celebrating the amazing achievements of women in Wales, but keeping everyone safe is our priority.

Chwarae Teg Womenspire Awards is an opportunity for us to highlight women overcoming barriers and supporting other women to achieve and prosper, and to inspire future generations.

Watch highlights from last year’s virtual ceremony below.

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
Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organisation is passionate about supporting professional development for women and you want to get your products and services right to the heart of a key demographic, becoming a sponsor for Womenspire is a great way to make an impact.

If you would like to find out more information please contact the team at womenspire@chwaraeteg.com

Nominations are live!

A nomination form must be completed in order for the nominee to be considered for an award. Read our category descriptions for more information on each award category before you start your nomination.

Nomination deadline is 12pm, Monday 21st June 2021

Please click on an award category for more information about that award:

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.

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.

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.

Gender Equality Champion

Our Gender Equality Champion award will recognise an individual, of any gender, who has taken a proactive approach to close the gender divide in their workplace. This person will be a real role model who understands why gender diversity is of benefit to all employees, not just women. They will have run a successful initiative or campaign to directly address gender imbalance, leading to a positive impact and improvements for individual employees and their organisation as a whole.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman in Health and Care

This new award reflects the disproportionate impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on women – including women being twice as likely to be key workers. The award is for a woman who has set a shining example across any aspect of health or care, from medical and support staff to training and educational roles

FairPlay Employer Award

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.

Thank you to all our sponsors for your support, and your commitment to making Wales a gender equal nation.

To read more about our sponsors and their support for Womenspire 2021, please click on their logo below.

Woman in STEM

ABPI

Partner

NatWest Cymru

Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organisation is passionate about supporting professional development for women and you want to get your products and services right to the heart of a key demographic, becoming a sponsor for Womenspire is a great way to make an impact.

If you would like to find out more information please contact the team at womenspire@chwaraeteg.com

Sponsorship Opportunities

If your organisation is passionate about supporting professional development for women and you want to get your products and services right to the heart of a key demographic, becoming a sponsor for Womenspire is a great way to make an impact.

  1. Choose the right category that best fits your nominees’s achievements and why you are nominating them.
  2. There are 4 questions to answer – Give yourself time to do your nominee justice!
  3. Get your facts together! Include any stats or facts that demonstrate the impact that they have had.
  4. Seek input from others that know your nominee
  5. Stick to the word count – stick to the facts
  6. Don’t hold back! Inspire us with what they mean to you and others

Board Member

Jessica Leigh Jones – Vale of Glamorgan

Jessica Leigh Jones is a multi-award-winning Engineer and Astrophysicist. She sits on the board for EESW. Contributing her skills, knowledge and experience of STEM learning, Jessica has developed a passion for strategy and organisational culture through her board positions. Co-Founder and CEO of iungo, an organisation which is mobilising a high-achieving, adaptable and resilient workforce through utilisation of high-quality apprenticeships, Jessica joined IfATE and WJEC in 2018 with the ambition to join up thinking and translate best practice across borders. She is always learning to improve her knowledge and continues to stay at the forefront of education and work practices

Community Champion

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.

Entrepreneur

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, Sian 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, Sian is passionate about helping others. Offering flexible employment opportunities to others in the area, Sian says she is ‘really living her dream’.

Leader

Tracey Rankine – Bridgend

DCI Tracey Rankine, South Wales Police, excels in developing colleagues. Her emotional intelligence has allowed her to recognise potential in others and she has provided the platform for talent to grow. She has a proven talent for appreciating team dynamics and individual needs which she consistently harnesses to the benefit of all.  Recognising the need for structural change, Tracey fought to implement flexible working within the department. This has a positive impact on all staff members and allowed recruitment of a more diverse workforce. This was not just beneficial for employees. It had a significant positive impact for the work of the team too.

Learner

Carys Godding – Bridgend

Carys knew at age 16 that she did not want to go to university. Applying for an apprenticeship in engineering along with her sister, Carys found herself being one of the first female staff members in a heavily male dominated environment. Learning new skills every day, Carys encountered a difficult environment where she felt under pressure to prove herself at every turn. Now, an industry professional, Carys has obtained a first degree in Electrical Engineering and is well on her way to become a senior manager at Dwr Cymru Welsh Water. Passionate about learning, Carys has taken control of her own career path and continues to learn technical skills and is passionate about developing her leadership skills too. Taking every opportunity that comes her way, Carys is a shining example of ‘feeling the fear and doing it anyway!’

Rising Star

Bethan Owen – Bodelwyddan

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.

Woman in Sport

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.

Woman in STEM

Youmna Mouhamad – Swansea

Originally from Mayotte, Youmna is currently a technology transfer fellow in Swansea University working on the improvement of current collection on solar cells, when she is not salsa dancing of course! She is passionate about equality and empowering young people. As a member of Swansea Soapbox science committee, she promoted gender equality in STEM. This inspired her to create the college of engineering BAME network which delivered educative talks on racial equality and secured funding for a leadership course tailored to BAME students. Using her innovation skills, Youmna founded Myana Naturals, a start-up with an innovative applicator for afro hair.