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Leading Wales winner

23 February 2008

Sam Smith - Leading Wales Winner

A Cardiff University student has been named a winner at the Leading Wales Awards 2008.

Sam Smith, chair of the Board of Cardiff Students Volunteering at Cardiff University was recognised as an exceptional ‘Young Leader’ at the annual awards ceremony that acknowledges and celebrates outstanding leaders across Wales.

As Chair of one of the largest student volunteering organisations in the UK, Sam wowed the judges with his inspirational leadership and passion for volunteering that has seen him guide the overall development of Student Volunteering at Cardiff University.

One of three finalists in his category, Sam was nominated by Andrea Dare, Manager of Student Volunteering Cardiff, who felt his enthusiastic, supportive and innovative leadership style, which has helped so many people living in the community in Cardiff, should be recognised.

Currently studying for an MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment, following the awards ceremony Sam said: "This is such an honour. Being part of Student Volunteering Cardiff and having the chance to lead a team of so many dedicated people has been a real highlight of my time at Cardiff. It’s an experience that will stay with me long after I leave."

The Leading Wales Awards recognise great leadership at all levels across the public, private and voluntary sectors in Wales, celebrating individuals whose excellent leadership skills have made a strong impact and resulted in positive change within their organisations.

"Wales has outstanding leaders in all walks of life and these awards celebrate the people who, thanks to their superb leadership skills, have made a real difference in their organisation," said Barbara Chidgey, spokesperson for the Leading Wales Awards, the consortium of public, private and voluntary sector organisations that developed and organise the awards.

"As always, the calibre of entries has been extremely high with nominations put forward from right across Wales. Our finalists have all made an impact with their leadership and we are delighted to be able to recognise that with these awards."

Leading Wales Awards is made up of a consortium of private and public sector organisations including Cardiff Business School. Cardiff Business School is a consortium partner for a third year and also sponsored the prize for Leadership in Businesses with more than 250 employees.

Professor Robert Morgan, Associate Dean for External Relations, said "As an institution which is committed to providing the best business education for the leaders of today and of the future, we are delighted to support the Leading Wales Awards. The Awards pay tribute to those who will, no doubt, directly influence Wales’ future development".