Each year a new panel of impeccably independent Judges are solely responsible for deciding the Winners of the Cardiff Life Awards. They will give time to go through all the Finalists’ nominations with care.
Andrea Gardner / Sales Director, Waterstone Homes
Being a female in a male dominated industry is not a challenge Andrea has shied away from. As Sales Director of Waterstone Homes, one of Wales' largest limited company home builders, her responsibilities stretch across the business for all things people-related. Andrea is a total chatterbox and a very good listener, born to work in new homes, with nearly two decades in the industry. When she’s not in the office she can usually be found enjoying family life set in a rural village in Carmarthenshire with her husband and two grown up children who she adores cooking for. By Monday, Andrea is back in focus, totally committed with a cool head and organisational skills finely tuned to keep the Sales division of the business running like clockwork.
Cerys Furlong / Director for Wales of the Learning and Work Institute
Cerys is Director for Wales of the Learning and Work Institute. She has worked in the post-16 education and skills sector in Wales for over ten years having previously served as a County Councillor for 6 years. She has worked for a number of senior politicians including the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM. Cerys has also indulged her love of good food, beer and wine by setting up several businesses with her husband Tom, brother in law Gwyn and other partners. Already co-owners of The Potted Pig, Porro and The Lansdowne, their next pub; The Grange, opens in early 2017.
Debra Barber / Managing Director, Cardiff Airport
Debra Barber joined Cardiff Airport as Operations Director in May 2012 following a successful career with the Royal Air Force. Having joined the military in 1984, she spent the first ten years working in and around RAF airfields as an Air Traffic Controller before retiring as Group Captain and Air Traffic Management Force Commander, responsible for all RAF air traffic units in the UK and around the world after 28 years’ service. She held the position of interim Managing Director from September 2014 – December 2015, during which time the Airport saw a significant growth in passenger numbers, a new airline base, new services and successful delivery of major events plus further improvements to the terminal and airfield operations. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Elisabeth Mahoney / Owner, One Mile Bakery
Journalist turned baker Elisabeth Mahoney gave up her day job at The Guardian to launch The One Mile Bakery in Cardiff in 2012, delivering homemade bread, soups and jam by bike within a mile of her home in Canton, and teaching baking classes in her kitchen. Four years on, and after teaching more than 1700 people to bake, she is expanding the concept across the UK, helping others to set up their own hyper-local micro-businesses marketed exclusively through social media.
Gail De'Claire / Investment Manager, Charles Stanley Cardiff
Gail de’Claire is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment working in the Cardiff branch of Charles Stanley. Gail has 24 years’ experience of working in the financial sector and has built up a portfolio of private clients, specialising in discretionary portfolio management including pensions, trusts, offshore bonds and corporates. She began her career at Eversheds Solicitors as a legal clerk, after leaving school with A Levels in Economics and Law. In 1992 she joined Allied Provincial Securities (which later became Gerrard prior to being bought by Barclays Wealth in 2003).
Keen for clients to gain a better understanding of the industry, Gail has constructed evening courses for the private client entitled "A beginners guide to the stock market". She also contributes regularly to Citywire with her views on various subjects in the financial sector. She is married and a mum. A black belt in karate, Gail enjoys cycling, swimming and walking her rescue dog, with a particular passion for helping to raise awareness and funds for her local dog shelter.
Graeme Farrow / Artistic Director, Wales Millennium Centre
Graeme was appointed Artistic Director of Wales Millennium Centre in 2014 following a successful career in the arts in Belfast, and subsequently Londonderry. He led a £14.1m programme for the first UK City of Culture in Derry, which secured the prestigious Turner Prize. Since being at Wales Millennium Centre, he has had a strong influence on its strategic direction. This injection of experience, international network and unbounded creativity has shaped the producing ambitions of Wales’ home of the performing arts and continues to grow under his guidance. Graeme has worked across the organisation as well as collaboratively with strategic partners worldwide to expand the portfolio of the Centres productions whilst also delivering an impactful Creative Learning Strategy. Since his arrival, Graeme has led the team to take co-productions to Edinburgh International Festival, staged the Centres first large scale musical – ‘Only the Brave’, programmed the 10 day ‘Festival of Voice’ and also initiated, with National Theatre Wales, the incredible Dahl-esque Cardiff takeover in September – ‘City of the Unexpected.’
Hywel Butcher / Marketing Manager St. David’s Cardiff
A journalism graduate from Cardiff University, Hywel has driven the marketing, events, digital, advertising and communications for St David’s Cardiff since 2008. From launch day in 2009 to present, Hywel and his team deliver high-impact campaigns that have placed St David’s and the city of Cardiff firmly on the map as a leading retail and leisure destination, with the centre now ranking at No. 2 in UK city shopping centres. Named a top three shopping UK centre marketing manager at the Sceptre Awards, and a recipient of three industry leading BCSC Purple Apple Awards and the Canmol Marketing Award, Hywel’s achievements include creating the Student Night concept, a shopping event that is now held in centres nationwide.
Jamie Baulch / Athlete and Television Presenter
Jamie Baulch is probably most well known as a British sprint athlete and television presenter. He won the 400 metres gold medal at the 1999 World Indoor Championships. As a member of the British 4x400m quartet including Iwan Thomas, Roger Black and Mark Richardson, he won a gold medal at the 1997 World Championships, and silver medal at the 1996 Olympic Games. He represented Wales at the Commonwealth Games where he won an individual silver and a bronze medal in the 4 × 400m relay. Jamie developed into one of the big personalities of the British athletics team, recognised by his peroxide dreadlocks for many years, which led to a promotional campaign with Vidal Sassoon. He has now retired from athletics and has several ventures, working in PR and Marketing, TV and Radio and corporate speaking.
Ken Picton / Owner Ken Picton Salon
Award-winning hairdresser Ken Picton heads up the destination salon in Wales and has scooped a phenomenal number of hair and business awards, including Wales and South West Hairdresser of the Year three times. Ken is a prominent local businessman, employing over 45 people at his Mermaid Quay salon, and has worked on celebrities, magazine shoots and Fashion Week shows. The salon is a previous winner of the Cardiff Life Awards and his other accolades include Best UK Salon Team; Best Salon Experience; Image of the Year; 3 times UK Salon of the Year – the list goes on!
Matt Jones / CEO, S3 Advertising
S3 Advertising is an award-winning, national advertising agency based in Cardiff. Back in June 2011 Matt founded and launched his own advertising agency in his attic, S3 Advertising. Under Matt’s inspirational guidance, over the past five years the business has developed into a national, full-service agency. S3 has grown massively over the past five years, rapidly expanding from a three person start-up to an industry-leading organisation of 30. S3 Advertising has expanded by 700% and doubled its turnover year-on-year under his guidance. Matt also recently established the S3 Academy, providing a creative home to undergraduates.