Finalists for the 2nd Welsh Women’s Awards 2020 are revealed

The 2nd Welsh Women’s Awards 2020 will recognise and celebrate female talent across the length of Wales.

The event will honour women power-houses and organisations with influential and hardworking women making a change in industries.

The public have nominated worthy women and finalists have now been shortlisted.

The event is taking place at the Exchange Hotel in Cardiff on Thursday 19th March 2020.

The Welsh Women’s Awards honour the amazing breadth of talent and the hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the country.

The Awards celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many others that make Wales a great and more equal place to live and work.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for nearly a decade in cities around the world, including Belfast, Dublin, Toronto, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester Leicester, Birmingham and recently in New York. Creative Oceanic campaigns have awarded people in the hospitality, food, hair & beauty, SME business, independent retail and women’s sectors.

Irfan Younis CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “We’re delighted to bring the Women’s Award campaign back to Wales for the second time. The awards will celebrate the most dedicated, hard-working and successful women across Ireland and recognise those who are pushing boundaries and showing the world that there is no limit to the things women can achieve. We wish all finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists for the Welsh Women’s Awards are:

Contribution to Arts and Culture

Lianne Toye (Artes Mundi, Cardiff)

Sarah Horner (Hijinx, Cardiff)

Karen MacKinnon (Swansea’s Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea)

Catherine Spring (Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen)

Gwennan Mair (Theatr Clwyd’s, Mold)

Rebecca Gould (British Council Wale, Cardiff)

Ceri Evans (Awen Cultural Trust, Brynmenyn)

Gwenllian Gravelle (S4C, Carmarthen)


Services to Accounting and Finance

Hazel Sweeney (Tenovus Cancer Care, Cardiff)

Kate Innes (Welsh Revenue Authority, Cardiff)

Mary McDonagh (Kilsby Williams, Newport)

Heather Clash (Transport of Wales, Cardiff)

Emma Davenport (Exemplar Health Care, Cardiff)

Samantha Smith (Severnside Car Company, Bridgend)

Sian McKenna (TSW Training, Bridgend)

Hannah Heath (SA Brain & Co, Cardiff)

Joanne Pope (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Rhian Staples (Williams Medical, Rhymney)


Businesswoman of the Year

Grethe Vaughan (Vizolution, Swansea)

Helen Gillies (Tots Play, Newport)

Hayley Davies (JCP Solicitors, Swansea)

Sarah Bolt (Forth, Chepstow)

Anna Bastek (Wolfestone, Swansea)

Toni Leigh Hall (Banter Cards, Cardiff)

Jayne Lewis (Gwent Holdings, Cardiff)

Leyla Edwards (KK Finefoods, Deeside)

Clare Hieatt (Hiut jeans, Cardigan)

Stephanie Locke (Nightingale, Cardiff)


Business of the Year

InSite Technical Services (Jean Martin, Pembrokeshire)

Careercake (Aimee Bateman, Cardiff)

Mrs. Buckét Commercial Cleaning (Rachael Flanagan, Cardiff) (Karen Hewitt, Swansea)

Clean Sweep (Helen Williams, Swansea)

Hospital Innovations (Sarah Lister-Sims, Pontyclun)

Tŷ-Mawr Lime (Joyce Gervis, Powys)

THOMAS Recruitment Group (Paula Thomas, Cardiff)


Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year

Gurinder Randeva (, Cardiff)

Kate Bache (Kind Organic, Cardiff)

Hannah Saunders (Toddle, Wrexham)

Mandy Powell (The Good Wash Company, Penarth)

Hannah and Sophie Pycroft (Spectrum Collections, Penarth)

Charlotte Simoes (Miss Patisserie, Cardiff)

Catherine Williams (Vale Skin Clinic, Cardiff)


Businesswoman of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Sarah Ellwood (Supertemps, Colwyn Bay)

Lana Hughes and Linda Pugh (Aspire Education Wales, Cardiff)

Joanna Vazquez (Quatro Gymnastics, Swansea)

Emma Wilkins (The Welsh Construction Shows, Cardiff)

Marianne Pettifor (Frogmore Consulting, Swansea)

Ann-Marie Smale (Powell Dobson Architects, Cardiff)

Emily Kassam (Cloves Dental Care, Cardiff)

Jade Fisher (Jade Fisher Ltd, Caerphilly)


Business of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Bad Wolf (Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner, Cardiff)

Marsden/Mee (Becky King and Anna Lewis, Cardiff)

ie ie productions (Catryn Ramasut, Cardiff)

Forensic Resources (Abi Carter, Cardiff)

JVP Group (Cath Harrison, St Asaph)

Abbey Glass (Angela Worgan, Porth)

JDM Confectionery & Fine Foods (Julie Durham-Morgan, Swansea)


Corporate Leader of the Year

Anne Williams (Propel Finance Group, Newport)

Jessica Shipman (NatWest Corporate and Commercial Bank, Cardiff)

Helen Molyneux (Hodge Bank, Cardiff)

Carol Bell (The Development Bank of Wales, Wrexham)

Melanie Goward (Maven Capital Partners, Cardiff)

Lorna Virgo (Amber energy, Cardiff)

Rhian Owen (Grant Thornton UK LLP, Cardiff)

Lucy Humphreys (Vista Retail, Cardiff)


Contribution to Civil Service

Naomi Alleyne (WLGA, Cardiff)

Claire Chappell (Welsh Government, Cardiff)

Louise Smyth (The Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, Cardiff)

Annwen Morgan (Anglesey County Council, Anglesey)

Sally Chapman (South Wales Fire, Cardiff)

Ceri Witchard (Welsh Government, Newport)

Wendy Walters (Carmarthenshire Council, Carmarthen)

Paula Ham (Vale of Glamorgan Council, Barry)

Sioned Wyn Davies (Wrexham County Borough Council, Wrexham)

Jenny Gilmore (South Wales Police, Bridgend)


Creative Industries Leader of the Year

Jemima Oliver (HLM Architects, Cardiff)

Emily Rees & Kelly Jones (Mela Insights, Newport)

Jessica Morgan (Draws Media, Cardiff)

Annie Browne (Hello My PA, Caerphilly)

Cath Jones (Sadler Jones, Cardiff)

Caroline Holmes (Workingword, Cardiff)

Helen Wild (Equinox, Cardiff)

Francesca Irving (Lunax, Caerphilly)

Kath Chadwick and Lynsey Walden (Front Door Communications, Penarth)

Vicki Spencer-Francis (Cowshed, Cardiff)


Services to Charity/ Third Sector

Tammi Owen (Community United Barry 4 Everyone, Cadoxton)

Lindsay Cordery-Bruce (The Wallich, Cardiff)

Angela Hughes (Wales Air Ambulance, Llanelli)

Michelle Wales (Shelter Wales, Swansea)

Lynne Hill (Children in Wales, Cardiff)

Elspeth Jones (Size of Wales, Cardiff)

Sharon Owen (Welsh Hearts, Cardiff)

Denise Inger (SNAP Cymru, Cardiff)

Helen Smith (St John – Cymru, Cardiff)

Tina Tew (Prostate Cymru, Cardiff)


Food Entrepreneur of the Year

Alana Spencer (Ridiculously Rich by Alana, Aberystwyth)

Anne-Marie Harris (Farmers Food at Home, Llanreithan)

Michelle Davies (Shellys Deli, Llanreithan)

Beth Sims (Beth’s Bakes, Newport)

Lilly Hedley (The Bridge Lodge, Winterton)

Victoria Shervington-Jones (Newport, Country Fresh Eggs)

Karina Sudenyte (Wonky Fruit, Cardiff)

Sophie (JustIngredients, Cardiff)

Laura da Silva (Mãe Maria, Cardiff)


CEO of the Year

Anne Adams-King (Welsh Cycling, Cardiff)

Helen Smith (St John Cymru, Cardiff)

Nicky Goulder (Create, Cardiff)

Manon Rees Obrien (Menter Caerdydd, Cardiff)

Andrea Cleaver (Welsh Refugee Council, Cardiff)

Julia Houlston Clark (Wales Restorative Approaches Partnership, Cardiff)

Rhian Hayward (Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus, Aberystwyth)

Catriona Williams (Children in Wales, Bangor)

Louise McGrath (Wales Council for Deaf People, Pontypridd)


Entrepreneur of the Year

Lucy Cohen and Sophie Hughes (Mazuma, Bridgend)

Jane Baker (Steppes Coaching and Development, Pontypridd)

Kelly Jenkins (Beaming Babies, Swansea)

Shakira Obaid (Seren 7, Cardiff)

Sian Pryce (Rhino Contract Services, Cardiff)

Lucy Owens (I Care Clothing, Ruthin)

Kate Richards (Eco Home Clean, Doune)

Debra Williams (Motokiki, Neath)

Sarah John (Boss Brewing, Swansea)

Elin Evans (Elin Angharad, Gwyneed)


Services to Education

Karen Phillips (Colegy Cymoedd, Aberdare)

Yana Williams (Coleg Cambria, Deeside)

Haley Gomez (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Ruth McElroy (University of South Wales, Cardiff)

Mererid Hopwood (University of Wales, Cardiff)

Jenny Kitzinger (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Jennifer Law (University of South Wales, Cardiff)

Cara Carmichael Aitchison (Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff)

Bethan Harding (Herbert Thompson Primary School, Cardiff)

Nicola Symmons (Heol Goffa School, Carmarthensire)


Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Sadie Pearce (My Coast, Pembrokeshire)

Laura-Shannon Harding (Laura-Shannon, Bangor)

Francesca Irving, Alexis Charkiw and Claire Vokes (SWAPP, Cardiff)

Caitlin Leatham (RAVS, Swansea)

Magdalena Mazur (Vocalize, Aberystwyth)

Joelle Drummond and Sarah McNena (Drop Bear Beer Co, Swansea)

Heather Smart (Kaydiar, Swansea)

Shaunnah Crosbie (Shaunnah’s Sew Crafty, Llantrisant)

Jessica Peck (Green Scoop, Carmarthen)


Family Run Business of the Year

Ickle Bubba (Veronica Vaughan, Llanelli)

Morris’s of Usk (Jane Morris, Monmouthshire)

Dyfi Bike Park (Rachel Atherton, Machynlleth)

Tonia Morgan (Morganstone, Llanelli)

Kara Lewis (Pembrokeshire Lamb, Haverfordwest)

Carol Gillanders (Road Safety Designs, Penarth)

Victoria Hartson (Hartson Fire, Swansea)

Katie Hopkins (Crynant Plant, Neath)


Services to Law

Fflur Jones (Darwin Gray, Cardiff)

Lucy Hollis (Redkite LLP, Carmarthen)

Elizabeth Webbe (Hugh James, Cardiff)

Eve Piffaretti (Blake Morgan, Cardiff)

Mandie Sewa (Clarke Willmott, Cardiff)

Rachel Wynn Jones (Gamlins Law, Abergele)

Katie McColgan (Berry Smith, Cardiff)

Susan Hughes (DPA Law, Swansea)

Kaitlin Davies (Davies Legal Immigration, Cardiff)


Services to Medicine

Aruna Abhyankar (Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity, Cardiff)

Lynne Garwood (Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Ynysmaerdy)

Valerie O’Donnell (Systems Immunity Research Institute, Cardiff)

Sara Jane Goode (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Caerleon)

Melanie Louise Davies (Morriston Hospital, Swansea)

Nicola Phillips (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Barbara Ryan (School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff)

Heather Potter (Neath Cluster Network, Neath)

Pamela Taylor (Cardiff University, Cardiff)


Digital Business of the Year

Carly Thompsett (Anaphase Store, Cardiff)

Michelle Pearce-Burke (Wealthify, Penarth)

Beth Pudney (Palazzo Box, Penarth)


Best Professional in Business

Leah Richards (Cyden, Swansea)

Nia Cooper (Veezu, Newport)

Andrea Gardner (Jehu Group, Bridgend)

Rebecca Phillips (PETER’S Food Service, Carephilly)

Claire Knowles (Acuity Legal, Cardiff)

Eleana Martyn (Protect Your Gadget, Cwmbran)


Rising Star of the Year

Gemma Collins (NatWest, Cardiff)

Carolyn Brownell (FOR Cardiff, Cardiff)

Nici Jones (Yolk Recruitment, Cardiff)

Linda Bridge (Orbis Education and Care, Cardiff)

Khushboo Patel (Metro Bank, Cardiff)

Karen Thomas (Barclays Investment Bank, Cardiff)

Emma Ward (Companies House, Cardiff)

Ruby Harcombe (Development Bank of Wales, Cardiff)

Aysha Chouhdary (Slater and Gordon, Cardiff)


Independent Retail Business of the Year

Crwst café and bakery (Catrin Jones, Aberteifi)

Lorraine Stone Designer Wear (Lorraine Stone, Cardiff)

Aquapets (Lisa Jane, Cardiff)

No. 86 Estate Agency (Katie Cromwell, Swansea)

Bodlon (Nia Evans, Cardiff)

Bello Capelli (Andrea and Lucia Ismail , Swansea)

Hafod Hardware (Pauline Lewis, Ryhayader)

Michelle Marshall SALON (Michelle Marshall, Cardiff)

Sandras Hair & Beauty (Sandra, llangefni)

Visible Changes (Farrah Illahi, Cardiff)


Services to Science & Technology

Anwen Williams (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Cerian Angharad (See Science, Cardiff)

Sarah Morgan (Eco-Explore Education, Cardiff)

Louise Bright (Wales Women in STEM, Cardiff)

Karen Holford (Cardiff University, Cardiff)

Imogen Brown (Welsh Water, Mid Glamorgan)

Justna Muhith (WEN Wales, Cardiff)

Mary Gagen (Swansea University, Swansea)


Best in Sport

Jade Jones (Taekwondo, Bodelwyddan)

Siwan Lillicrap (Welsh Rugby Union, Swansea)

Julie Thomas (Bowls, Cardiff)

Loren Dykes (Welsh National Team, Cardiff)

Natalie Powell (Welsh Judo, Merthyr Tydfil)

Nia Jones (Celtic Dragons, Cardiff)

Lauren Price (Boxer, Newport)

Hollie Arnold (Para-athletics, Hengoed)


Small Business of the Year

Brød the Danish Bakery and Coffee Shop (Betina Skovbr, Cardiff)

Lufkin Coffee (Frances Lukins, Cardiff)

Bengo Media (Marina Lois, Cardiff)

Website Wonder Woman (Lisa Rees, Rhondda Cynon Taff)

Davies Warlow (Nia Davies, Balgon)

Gemwaith Lora Wyn Jewellery (Lora Wyn, Conwy)

Allchurch & Co Chartered Accountants (Carly & Ellie, Swansea)

Koko Jewellery (Sophie Paige, Porthcawl)

Lot 11 Express (Sarah Baker, Mold)


Woman of the Year

Helen Young (Coleg Cambria, Deeside)

Jessica Hanley (Aberystwyth police station, Aberstwyth)

Rachel Williams (Domestic Abuse Campaigner, Newport)

Lacy Farrow (La Beaute Boutique, Cardiff)

Laura Masters (Miss Unique Beauty UK, Caerphilly)

Debra Barber (Cardiff Airport, Cardiff)

Gemma Price (Boxing Pretty, Cardiff)

Jessica Evans (Fair Treatment to Women – Campaigner, Colwyn Bay)

Rhian Mannings (2 Wish Upon A Star, Llantrisant)


Social Leader Of The Year

Mandy Weston (Town Square Spaces, Wrexham)

Bernie Bowen-Thomson (Safer Wales, Cardiff)

Kelly Davies (Vi-Ability, Conwy)

Jo Riley (CancerPal, Whitchurch)

Uzo Uwobi (Race Council Cymru, Swansea)

Emma Lewis (The Roots Foundation Wales, Swansea)

Sarah Hughes (Creative & Cultural Skills, Neath)

Emily Penn (eXXpedition, Aberystwyth)

Fiona Stewart (Green Man Festival, Cymru)


Managing Director Of The Year

Jo Foxall (Traveline Cymru, Cardiff)

Natasha Fulford (MGB Communications, Swansea)

Ceri Gravelle (Eventeem, Cardiff)

Kate Shorney-Morris (Zest Recruitment, Carephilly)

Lyndsey Jenkins (JamJar, Cardiff)

Emma Casburn (Infinite Travel, Newport)

Kathryn Morgan (Focussed Recruitment, Tredomen)

Lisa Buchanan (Kare Plus Swansea, Swansea)

Natasha Thomas (MOBAD Solutions, Pembrokshire)


Women of Influence

Heather Myers (South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Newport)

Louise Bright (Wales Women in STEM, Cardiff)

Fflur Jones (Darwin Gray, Cardiff)

Samira Mohamed Ali (Wales International Film Festival, Swansea)

Mandy St John Davey (Association of Women in Property, Aberdare)

Katy Chamberlain (Business in Focus, Bridgend)

Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Cardiff)

Avril Lewis (Technology Connected i, Cardiff)

Zara May (GlobalWelsh, Cwmbran)


Women Support Group Of The Year

Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales (Cardiff)

The Shropshire & Mid Wales Fertility Group (Shropshire)

Henna Foundation (Cardiff)

WSSAG (Cardiff)

Hayaat Women Trust (Cardiff)

Welsh Women Walking (South Wales)

Women Connect First (Cardiff)

Calan DVS (Neath)

Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (Cardiff)

Mind Cymru (Mums Matter) (Cardiff)



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