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Nominations for 2018 are now open

Nominations for 2018 are now open

The closing date for nominations is 18 October 2017.

Who – is eligible for a St David Award?

The St David Awards exist to recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in or from Wales.

  • Nominees and nominators don’t have to be UK citizens or live in Wales but must have a meaningful link to Wales
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously
  • Self-nominations are accepted
  • Nominees must be at least 16 years old on 10 March 2016, with the exception of the Young Person’s Award
  • Groups of people, teams or companies are eligible for an Award, (a lead contact name will need to be identified) as well as individuals
  • A nominee can be re-nominated if they have achieved further success since their previous nomination.

What - are we looking for in a nominee?

  • Exceptional and significant contribution to life in Wales
  • Excellence in their field
  • Inspiring others as a role model
  • Academic, professional and personal achievements
  • Demonstrations of creativity, leadership and innovation
  • Difficulties overcome and the sacrifices they may have made
  • Difficulties overcome and sacrifices made
  • Other awards and recognition received
  • Voluntary work outside paid employment
  • Contributions that help promote Wales.

How – to nominate?

Key dates

  • Nominations open 23 March – 18 October 2017
  • Awards Finalists announced 15th February 2018
  • St David Awards Ceremony 22 March 2018

Tips – Writing your nomination

  • Type your nomination in a Word document first. This will make it easier to check and correct your nomination before copying and pasting into the form. This will save time and allow you to convey your message more clearly
  • If you don’t know the person you are nominating personally, supply as much detail as you can, including contact details where possible
  • Select the correct category. Read the category definitions to determine which best reflects your nominee’s achievements. Think about what type of activity and/or roles in which they have excelled
  • Even if the person you are nominating is well-known, you must demonstrate their achievements as accurately as possible. Try to highlight your nominee’s character and actions to the Advisory Committee when completing your nomination. Never assume that everyone will know of your nominee.
  • Give good examples. Always explain how your nominee has achieved success. Do not use assertions such as “The nominee has worked hard in raising money.”; explain what the nominee has done with evidence. (Template nominations are available below)
  • Remember to explain: Who they are, what exactly they have done, what were the consequences of their actions and why they are worthy of a St David Award.
  • Supply as much background information as possible. Supporting documents can be submitted as part of your nomination. You may send website links, photographs, news articles, social media links and Letters of Support. Don’t send original items as we are unable to return them.
  • Don’t nominate the same person more than once in the same category. Multiple nominations will not change the outcome.

You may find our template nominations useful when drafting your own

Sample 1: International

Gareth spent over 25 years promoting the rights and well-being of disabled youngsters. He is a manager at International Youth Work Wales, Youth Lighthouse and Deputy Director of Global Disabled Youth 201-2007 and Vice-Chair of the Pan-European Young People Exchange 2009-2012. He has ensured that professionals internationally have been linked in to the exceptional policy and practice developed in Wales. His work has resulted in Wales being internationally recognised as a significant player in the field of disability welfare. Gareth also took the lead in bringing major international international disability welfare events to Wales, such as organising a weekend long international congress for disabled children in Aberhenfelen and the Annual Global Disabled Youth Conference in Caernarfon in 2011. These events were opportunities for young people from a variety of countries to learn about Wales and work with our youngsters successfully. The promotion of Wales was at the forefront of all his activities. Of particular note is the fact that Gareth ensured that International Youth Work Wales staff were empowered to be consistent actors and contributors in their field globally – e.g. arranging exchanges between Wales and Senegal. He has been very effective in ensuring work in Wales on disability youth rights is recognised and respected across the world. He has also brought to us in Wales approaches and techniques which have succeeded elsewhere - Gareth is a true internationalist of the finest calibre who has not left Wales behind and continues to promote our contacts and engagement with the rest of the world with vigour and total commitment...

Sample 2: Culture

Betsan is a remarkable young artist who shares her passion for her art with the community of Aberhenfelen, particularly through her role as Chair of the Aberhenfelen Folk Craft Group (AFDCG). Aged 13 she won best prize at the North Wales regional craft pottery competition in Bangor and in 2005 won first prize in the National Crefft Cymru Show in Cardiff, followed by the National Eisteddfod Gold Medal for Craft and Design. Betsan has since become a fellow of the prestigious Cardiff Arts Makers Association, but decided to stay in Aberhenfelen to teach her craft to the youth of region and develop her business. Throughout her training she has faced the isolation of being a long way from the big sources of commissions and commercial outlets in the south-east of Wales and London. She worked 2 part time jobs to raise the funds to travel each spring to undertake intensive mentoring and training with world renowned ceramicists in London and Belgium. Betsan is business champion for the Crefft Ifanc Youth Craft Wales Group (CIYCWG) and has recently exhibited 2 major shows of her work at MOMA in New York and at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Betsan was the driving force behind the Wales = Craft makers tour to Vancouver and Toronto in September last year and she is planning a similar residency-tour to Seattle again this year. Betsan is not only an exceptional artist -she is also committed to building the arts community in general in Aberhenfelen and district. All of Betsan's outreach work with the AFDCG has been voluntary. I would estimate that she has spent at least 15 hours every week for the past 5 years working with and mentoring the younger crafts professionals in the group. She is unrelenting in combining her talents and passion for her craft to promote high-end and uniquely Welsh ceramics She is an exceptional person doing her all for Wales...

Sample 3: Sport

Nerys' passion for her sport began back in 1986 when she began her coaching career. Although she was working full-time in her day job at an engineering firm, she also coached at Aberhenfelen Leisure Centre and Cwm Sgwt Badminton Club. Her coachees were boys under 16 and under 19 and the men's squad. Her passion for this sport led her to develop accredited coaching qualifications which progressed into a professional role, becoming National Coach in 1999 for Badminton Wales. Her role then expanded to take in coaching of youth national squads, both male and female. Nerys lives and breathes her sport and the remarkable successes of the team nationally and internationally and her commitment, inspiration and passion led to her being appointed Coordinator of Coaching and Development in 2005. She has also been active in developing her own skills through climbing the CPD tutor and assessor qualifications ladders as well as being a fantastic role model and through her passion and interest in this sport transformed attitudes nationally,. Nerys is the face of badminton in Badminton Wales and her passion and enthusiasm are visible to everybody, ensuring that match tournaments and coaching courses etc. all move forward successfully and with added impact. Her motto is “We really can!" and she always goes the extra mile beyond her actual role to ensure the smooth running of the organisation. Whilst maintaining a punishing and high pressure role, Nerys still volunteers and coaches in Bro Felen, ensuring that children/young people continue to engage and drive the sport forward. She is the greatest example and asset to the sport that the organisation possesses in Wales and really deserves national recognition...

For more information and guidance on completing your nomination, read the nomination guidance or visit the FAQ section.

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2018 Awards


22 March 2018


Senedd, Cardiff


The 2018 awards timeline

  • Mar23

    nominations open

  • Oct18

    nominations close

  • Feb15

    Short listed finalists announced

  • Mar22

    St David Awards Ceremony