City Hall, 31 March 2022


Take a look at the 2020 Cardiff Life Awards Judges...

Alistair Darby

Former CEO, Brains

Alistair Darby is a prominent CEO of public and private leisure/hospitality companies and is very well-known in Wales for his TV and radio appearances throughout the pandemic. As Brains CEO he led the family owned company through a hugely challenging year of Covid restrictions and to safety in January 2021 by securing a strategic partnership with Marston’s.

Charlotte Leyshon

Founder, Lux Family Law

Lux Family Law is a boutique family law practice based in Pontcanna. Lux offers a concierge service offering bespoke advice relating to all family law issues for entrepreneurs, media personalities and those who prioritise protecting their assets. The team regularly advise on divorce, high net worth financial settlements, pre/post nuptial agreements and children related issues.

Gareth Shears

Co-founder, Sanctuary Financial Planning

Sanctuary Financial Planning specialises in helping business owners and media influencers with their complex financial advice and mortgage needs. Gareth believes in work life balance and when he’s not at Sanctuary, Gareth likes to spend quality time with his wife and two children.

Jay Page

Regional Sales Executive South, The New World Trading Company

Jay has worked in hospitality for over 15 years in Cardiff and around the UK with restaurants, bars, nightclubs and festivals. The face of many international, national and local brands as well as being awarded the Lifetime Award for work in the night-time economy in Cardiff.

Rachel Fleri

Owner and managing director, Specialist Security Co

Since its inception in the city 20 years ago, Specialist Security has grown to become the leading privately owned supplier of quality security services in the region. Rachel drives a strong, inclusive culture and a desire to raise standards with the security industry. Rachel currently sits as Vice Chair of the British Security Industry Association section committee and leads the regional network forum for the Security Industry Authority (the Government regulator of the private security industry).

Sally Davis

Principal, Howell’s School

Sally Davis has been at Howell’s School, Llandaff since 1991, and was appointed Principal in 2007, one of only nine head teachers in schools’ 160 year history. Originally from Newport, Sally lives in Pontcanna with her husband Julian, and enjoys the theatre, cinema and travelling whenever she can.

Sara Pepper

Director of Creative Economy, Cardiff University

Sara currently has two main leadership roles: Director of creative city network Creative Cardiff, and Chief Operating Officer of Clwstwr a £9million R&D project promoting innovation in the Welsh economy. Her role is to provide leadership and strategic direction to these initiatives and to work with a wide variety of stakeholders including academic, industry and government partners. Sara was awarded an OBE for Services to the Creative Economy in the 2020 New Year’s Honours List.