Leadership Awards Leave Legacy for Future Generations


An outstanding primary school in Barry, South Wales, has won the Inspiring Great Leadership (Organisational Award) at the 2019 and concluding Leading Wales Awards, which took place last month at the Hilton Cardiff.

Cadoxton School was one of four finalists in the award category, sponsored by The Institute of Leadership & Management, alongside Bridgend College, Do Digital Realities and Orbis Education & Care.

Judges said the school was ‘simply outstanding’ and has a clearly implemented and successful strategy that demonstrably builds the leadership skills of all in helping to create the next generation of leaders.

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, said

“Being in this room full of leaders and hearing their individual stories from across Wales fills me with inspiration and hope for the future generations.

“It was fantastic to get to the final 4 of the Inspiring Great Leadership award, but for a Primary School to actually win the award against 3 other excellent organisations was monumental. I think this emphasises that Great Leadership can be found in a huge spectrum of organisations and not just commercial. It also proves that the Cadoxton way of developing the future citizens of Wales is working, due to the leadership and relationship model which is imbued in all staff, pupils, parents and stakeholders Daring to lead” at Cadoxton sums up the Cadoxton way and so the team is so delighted to have been recognised for this. We believe that everyone is a leader and our culture of leadership encourages everyone to be the best they can be.” said Janet Hayward, Headteacher, Cadoxton Primary School

Other winners for the 7 other individual categories include: Tracy Myhill, CEO, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Richard Selby, Director and co-founder, Pro Steel Engineering, Katie Dalton, Director, Cymorth Cymru, Dr Catrin Middleton, Head of Programme, Genomics for Precision Medicine Strategy, Cardiff & Vale University Health Board / Welsh Government, Dr Julia Heslop, Operations Sections Head, Aberthaw Power Station, Arthur Beechey, CEO, Agoriad Cyf, Ali Abdi, Partnerships Manager, Community Gateway / Cardiff University and Assistant Chief Constable Jeremy Vaughan, South Wales Police

Barbara Chidgey, Executive Chair of the Leading Wales Awards consortium, said;

“When the Leading Wales Awards launched in 2005, we were ahead of the “awards” curve, and have proudly shone a strong light on leadership in Wales. It is only fitting that we concluded with a great celebratory evening. This year’s winners and finalists highlight yet more fantastic and diverse examples of how outstanding leadership is making a real difference across Wales.

“The Leading Wales Awards leave a significant legacy. As part of this, we have handed the category “batons” to more recently well-established sectoral awards demonstrating that leadership really is the glue that holds every team, business or organisation together: Leadership in Social Enterprise Award has been passed to Social Business Wales, Leadership in the Voluntary Sector to the Wales Charity Awards (WCVA), Women in Leadership to Womenspire (Chwarae Teg) and Inspiring Great Leadership to Wales HR Awards. Other category handovers are in negotiation.

“As part of the legacy we have also launched a charitable fund, Daring to Dream®. Daring to Dream is a new fund specifically set up to support the emotional health & wellbeing of ward patients in University Hospital Wales, with the initial pilot being within the Cardiothoracic Directorate. The fund is housed within Community Foundation Wales for governance and is also in partnership with the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity. Our aspiration is to get the pilot right, then extend steadily to other specialist clinical areas and, in time, we can replicate nationally across Wales.

“I’d like to offer huge heartfelt thanks to everyone for their commitment and participation in each of the last 15 years of the Leading Wales Awards. So many individuals and organisations all playing their part, and together leaving a legacy to be proud of.”

Sophie Howe concluded:

 “It’s only fitting that the legacy of the awards is this wonderful charity that I am privileged to be first Patron for. Daring to Dream is a cause that aims to provide services and facilities such as hairdressing, reflexology, mindfulness and singing groups for patients and more comfortable facilities for relatives to support the wider wellbeing of people who often have long stays in hospital. You cannot underestimate the importance of some of these softer things in keeping up moral and helping people to get better.”