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Welsh Woman of the Year success

24 November 2008

Professor Judith Hall has been named Welsh Woman of the Year at an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of inspiring women in Wales.

Professor Hall, Head of Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at the School of Medicine also won the Woman in the Community category. Professor Hall’s win recognises her work as founder of Mothers of Africa, an educational charity set up in response to maternal mortality figures in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The charity is supported by the medical community in Wales with teams of educationalists, teachers and clinicians from the School of Medicine and NHS Wales traveling to deliver teaching in Benin, Togo and Ethiopia. Earlier this year anaesthetists from the School of Medicine and Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust traveled to Liberia to deliver education about resuscitation and safe anaesthesia.

Speaking after the ceremony, Professor Hall dedicated her success to all those involved in Mothers of Africa, noting in particular the charity’s remarkable and tireless fundraisers and trustees.

She said: "There are many others that make this possible. If I didn't have a remarkable department of teachers and researchers in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, then I wouldn't have the energy left for Mothers of Africa. Also important is the concrete support of the School of Medicine, in Research, Teaching and Development.

"Cardiff University's support for Africa in its 125th anniversary year was a really important thing to do and the University’s support for me personally has been unstinting. Finally, without my many true friends and husband Simon, Mothers of Africa simply wouldn't have happened."

This year, a record number of talented University staff members were shortlisted for awards over three categories. Dr Emma Kidd and Professor Meena Upadhyaya, of the Welsh School of Pharmacy and the Institute of Medical Genetics respectively, were both nominated for Woman in Science and Technology. Dr Isabelle Durance, a researcher in the School of Biosciences, was also shortlisted for the Most Effective Returner to the Workplace category.

Professor Hall is the third University winner of Welsh Woman of the Year, following Mrs Ann Taylor (1999) also based in the School of Medicine’s Department of Anaesthetics & Intensive Care Medicine and Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, an honorary professor and former Vice Dean of the University’s School of Medicine (1994).

The Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Awards is an annual event aiming to promote the role of women in the workplace and in every sector of society.

The awards aim to promote the role women have in the workplace and in every sector of society. The awards scheme not only raises awareness, but also reflects and reinforces the changing role of women over the last fifteen years by celebrating their achievements and the value of their contributions to the stability of Wales.