Award Winners in 2021


Michael Sheen

The Outstanding Achievement Award (formally the Achievement Award) is the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales premier Award in recognition of a Welsh person who has achieved pre-eminence in his or her sphere. Previous recipients have all been eminent and impressive people from various walks of life and this exclusive list of Welsh talent has just been added to when the Master, Dr Kathy Seddon, presented the Welsh actor Michael Sheen with this prestigious award on Thursday 7th October 2021
Michael Sheen’s work schedule is incredibly compact and busy and the Master, together with a small group of Liverymen, managed to catch up with Michael on set where he was filming in his home town of Port Talbot.

The Master formally presented Michael Sheen with a Welsh Royal Crystal Trophy together with a framed certificate. As a special gift, the Master also presented Michael with a specially commissioned painting by the local artist Peter Kettle, of Port Talbot Steel Works. This intentional Hollywood actor is very proud of his Welsh roots and was delighted with both the award and the painting.

Michael was obviously very aware of the WLCoW and in his short speech of acceptance acknowledged and thanked the Livery Company for all the good work undertaken, especially with young people.

group photo with michael sheen

From left to right: CA Dr Andrew Carson-Stevens, PM Ron Eccles, Michael Sheen, Master Kathy Seddon, CA Henry Gilbert, Treasurer Philip Kitchen, SCA Agnes Xavier-Phillips and CA Laura Davies

Michael Sheen is not only a prominent and successful actor on the international stage, as a proud Welshman, he is effectively a great ambassador for Wales. He uses his fame for a variety of good causes and can be described as a political activist for social justice

Travel Award Winner 2021, Swansea University, William Kay

Travel Award Winner 2021, Swansea University, William Kay

William Kay

Travel Award Winner 2021, Swansea University,Kristen Hawkins

Kristen Hawkins

Kristen Hawkins

University of Swansea News Release - Multiple sclerosis and marine life research to benefit from Livery Company awards


WLCoW Silver Jubilee Funded Award to Sam Clements, Marie Curie

Silver Jubilee Funded Award to Sam Clements, Marie Curie

The Master attended the virtual launch of the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2022 where she had been asked to make a presentation to our Silver Jubilee funded Award winner Sam Clements.

Chris Martin Chair of the Trustees hosted this excellent evening and Jane Hutt, MS launched the event. We enjoyed a screening of a special video featuring a newly commissioned poem called “Repurposing”, written by award winning Welsh poet, Eurig Salisbury. The video was narrated by Iolo Williams, Welsh TV presenter.

Matthew Reed the CEO of Marie Curie spoke about the future of palliative care and the Health Minister Eluned Morgan MS gave a full update on funding.

The Master was then delighted to speak about the work of the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales and in particular the Silver Jubilee Appeal which had made this Award possible. Sam’s colleagues expressed their delight at Sam’s success in the ‘chat’. Sam responded with thanks and gave an update on his research and on his new post as Head of Quality and Clinical Practice for Marie Curie in Wales. We are delighted that Sam will be speaking at the WLCoW Award’s Celebration Dinner on the 4th of March at the Sophia Gardens Stadium. Well done Sam!

WLCoW Stage Award Winner: George Haylock

Stage Award Winner George Haylock

The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Stage Award has enabled me to be part of an exciting project entitled MynyddOEDD / MountainMEMORY, working alongside artist Marc Rees, film maker Simon Clode and Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru.

The project tells the important, yet recondite, story of the Epynt Mountain clearance by the War Office to create the Sennybridge Training Area near Brecon. In 1940, 54 homes had to be vacated, the Drovers Arms, a primary school and chapel were all closed, and 219 people were obliged to leave. The Epynt’s past was eradicated and homes destroyed, to be replaced by representations of foreign war zones.

As an experienced model maker with a passion for history, my role in this project is to create models of buildings which formed part of this rural community. The funds have enabled me to attend project workshops where the team brainstormed ideas, and to spend time in the archive at St Fagans National Museum of History, pouring over original maps, sketches and photographs.

I am currently creating a 1/25 scale farmhouse, influenced by various buildings found in archival material, such as the images below (used with permission) taken in June 1940 by Iorwerth Peate, founder of the Welsh Folk Museum.

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Apprentice Award Winner 2021 Jude Mallaby

NPTC Group of Colleges’ learner, Jude Mallaby has been presented with the Apprenticeship Award from The Worshipful Livery Company of Wales, presented by Keith Shankland in recognition of his commitment and dedication to his studies in brickwork.

Jude, who has completed his NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Brickwork has increased his interest and skills in brickwork whilst completing the course and has improved his confidence while commencing an apprenticeship with local company O R E Brickwork LTD, who provide a professional building service across the local area.

Clare Ward, NPTC Group of Colleges training officersaid: “Jude has shown real dedication and commitment to his role at O R E Brickwork Ltd." These sentiments were echoed by his employer Keiran Evans, Director of O R E Brickwork Ltd who added: “Jude’s progressed well whilst with us, he listens to the guidance we give and puts it into practice.’ Lecturer in brickwork at Newtown College, Bill Evans said: “I am delighted to see Jude gain recognition for his progress and hard work its well deserved.”

The Worshipful Livery Company aims to nurture Welsh talent, and promotes education, science and technology, with particular promotion of skills and associated professional activities in Wales. Jude has been awarded with the Worshipful Livery Award which aims to develop the talents of young people throughout Wales.


Disability Art Award Winner 2021 Jordan Sallis

Disability Arts Cymru are once again extremely grateful to the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales for awarding one of our members a generous Award of £500 . Jordan Sallis is an artist who focuses on using organic materials as both the subject and medium. Her passion for art and nature led her to combine the two by crafting her own tools, inks and papers out of resources. The award will enable Jordan to document her work to a higher standard than before and assist with the development of her website. Jordan creates beautiful art and we wish her all the very best for the future.


Disability Art Award Winner 2021 Alice Rush

Disability Arts Cymru are delighted that Alice Rush has won a Worshipful Livery Company of Wales Award. Alice is a freelance creative producer based in Cardiff where she has worked with numerous companies including National Theatre Wales and Chapter and is a founder of the Cardiff Fringe Network. This Award will enable Alice to gain valuable experience to fulfil her passion helping to develop early career artists by creating more opportunities for connection and collaboration. Alice has a very bright future ahead of her and we wish her all the best.


achievement award winner

Dr. Sabrina Cohen- Hatton

School Award Winners 2021

school award winners 2021



travel scholarship award ryan leston

The Journalism Travel Award from the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales has given me the opportunity to take my career to the next level reporting at the Venice Film Festival.

The Journalism Travel Award has allowed me to do something I have always wanted to do attend an international film festival. As a freelancer, itit’s often difficult to secure work at such events (and the cost can be extremely prohibitive) but with my trave l and accommodation covered, II’ve been able to secure a number of commissions with national publications such as NME, the Daily Mirror and Digital Spy.

This award has opened up opportunities to me which would have remained off limits, and I can’t wait to arrive in Venice in September II’ll be watching a tonne of new movies and even interviewing some of Hollywood’s elite. And I can’t wait to tell you all more about my trip.

SJDA Music Award Recipient Katie Jenkins

It is unusual for the Awards Committee to give successive awards to the same person, but over several years the Committee has built up a relationship with Katie Jenkins (from Pontypridd). In 2017, she approached us while still at school for help to attend the Summerfest at the Curtis Institute, Philadelphia, to study music composition. She had an impressive CV and had been co-leader of the Cardiff and Vale Youth Orchestra in 2016. The Committee recognised a budding talent but awarded her only £200 as it had come from a limited budget for unplanned awards. The next year she asked for help to attend the Juilliard School in New York, and we were only slightly more generous awarding her £250 She has now launched out with her own production company and wished to purchase quality audio recording interface equipment, we have awarded her £650.
Katie's website is at www.katiejenkinscomposer.com
Katie has just started work on a musical adaptation of ‘How Green Was My Valley’. She is also creating the music content for a record breaking virtual dinner for 150,000 women worldwide. Perhaps this Welsh talent was more budding then we realised four years ago - we will need to keep her in mind for further recognition.

Junior Conservatoire Award Winner Ieuan Davies

Ieuan Davies

Our first Junior Conservatoire winner, Ieuan Davies, ended his academic year at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), with meeting HRH The Prince of Wales, and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall during their recent visit to the College.
Ieuan said, I have had a great first year and meeting His Royal Highness and the Duchess of Cornwall
was a very special experience and a truly fantastic way to top off the year. As one of the three Prince of
Wales Scholars at the College, I had the privilege of meeting them both upon their arrival. They were
very chatty and I had a wonderful conversation with them about my studies, how I started piano as well
as coping with concert nerves. All this made for a very enjoyable day which I will never forget
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Leah Morgan

Ieuan Davies

A teenager who lost two grandparents to cancer is on the path to helping others with the disease after her straight A* grades have seen her accepted to study n uclear medicine. Leah Morgan 18, achieved top A level grades in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics and will now take up her place at Swansea University where she will learn to work with radiation therapy. Leah, from Bedwas, is one of a handful o f learners in Wales to be awarded an NHS Bursary. This will see her tuition fees paid by NHS Wales and the Welsh Government. On completion of her degree she is guaranteed a job in nuclear medicine.
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The Bryan Marsh Gold Development Award, at £5,000, is the largest single award presented by the Worshipful Livery Company of Wales. The aim of the Award is to recognise a young person, who has demonstrated a major contribution to the arts, science or technology to acknowledge exceptional personal achievement. The award attracts a number of high quality applicants, this year was no different with a number of excellent applications.

The award for 2020-2021 was awarded to Dr David Williams of Cardiff University’s School of Engineering for his pioneering work on the development and validation of a system to measure the internal movement of knee and ankle joints during the activities of daily living. David designed and supervised the building of the unique biplane video X-Ray system now used extensively to carry out examinations of joints.

David’s work has extended his contact base in academia and industry across many countries, he has 15 peer reviewed published conference papers of his work. He has attracted a great deal of research funding to develop further his work in this field of bio- medical engineering looking into knee, ankle, hand and wrist functions.

In addition to his main activity as a research Associate, David has extended his profile by taking an active role in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths as a STEM ambassador at Cardiff University helping to set up the first Biomechanics Day in Wales.
The award will enable David to further his work, allowing access to the MRI scanner at Cardiff University and the provision of specialised IT equipment.
The presentation of the cheque was made by the Master, Mr Peter Coleman at a virtual ceremony on 26 March 2021 in the presence of many Liverymen. Dr David Williams joins the unique group of Gold Award winners and we look forward to his engagement with the Company in the coming years.
Thanks also to the “Gold Award Team” of Senior Warden Dr Kathy Seddon (now Master), Past Masters Dr Sarah Cockbill and Geoff Hughes and Court Assistant Keith Shankland who, once again, were faced with the task of selecting the best of the best.



Keira was selected as the winner following the review of applications received from young people across Wales and the interview of four candidates, all of whom could have been worthy recipients.

She clinched the Award because of her outstanding achievements to date and because of the way she proposed to use the Award monies to both develop her own skills and apply them to the benefit of asylum seekers, both in Wales and wider afield.

Keira was born in Carmarthen and, after attending Ysgol Tre-Gib school, studied at Cardiff University where she obtained a first-class degree in English Literature and Philosophy in 2019. She then studied for a master’s degree in International Relations in which she obtained a distinction. Her degree dissertation “Remaking Home: Refugee and Asylum Seekers Construction of Home in Wales”, the Role of (Inter)national Law and Policy, and Community Organisations in Cardiff.” was ranked as being in the top 1% of papers submitted and a work worthy of publication. The comments of one of her referees - “Keira is, quite simply and without exaggeration, the best student I have ever had since joining Cardiff University”. This accords well with the interviewing panel’s view of her personality, abilities and commitment to her area of interest.

Keira is currently working for Home4U, a small charity assisting asylum seekers who face destitution in Cardiff. When travel restrictions are lifted she hopes to travel abroad, possibly to Uganda where there are large numbers of displaced people from neighbouring countries. Her longer-term ambitions include working for an International organisation like the UNHCR or the International Organisation for Migration, for 5 or 6 years, She will return to work permanently in Wales. Kiera intends to use part of the Award monies to attend a five-day course on Human Rights Protection run by The Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She will use the remaining funds to carry out a photography project which can be used to publicise the difficulties facing asylum seekers who have come to Wales in establishing their lives and developing a new home here.

The Award is funded by the monies raised by the Silver Jubilee Appeal to make new awards to the young people of Wales in subject areas not previously covered by the Company’s Awards scheme. Past Master Gillian Davies comments “Keira is the very worthy winner of the first major Award made from the funds raised by the SJA and I am sure all the contributors will be pleased to see that such an excellent candidate has been selected”



The WLCoW has presented an Apprenticeship Award to Thomas James (Tom) - Apprentice Traditional Carpenter in the Historic Buildings Unit (HBU) at St Fagans National Museum of History. Tom was delighted to receive the award from Liveryman Keith Shankland and will use the funds to purchase traditional carpentry construction tools.

“I really enjoy my work at St Fagans and with thanks to the Livery Company, I will be working with my own hand tools and learning traditional techniques”.

Tom joined the HBU on 2nd September 2019 as an Apprentice Traditional Carpenter to work on the historic buildings at St Fagans. He is being trained by Ben Wilkins HBU Senior Traditional Carpenter. Ben started as an apprentice in 2007 and is now training an apprentice himself. Tom has fitted in well with the other traditional craftsmen in the HBU and is a valued member of the team.

Previously, Tom worked as a Machinist, this has helped him in his new post because he is able to work safely on the carpentry machines. However, he has always been interested in traditional carpentry skills and in his spare time makes furniture. Tom’s experience allowed him to start training at NVQ level 2 in Site Joinery in September 2019 at Coleg y Cymoedd, which he completed with Distinction in July 2020 and he is now studying for his NVQ level 3.

In the future, Tom will continue his training in traditional carpentry skills by studying for his NVQ level 3 in Post and Frame Construction and NVQ level 3 in Carpentry Heritage Skills.

Since joining the HBU, Tom has made gates for the Cottages at the National Slate Museum in Llanberis and has been repairing and making new sash windows for The Vulcan Hotel project and is currently working on the repair of the Clocktower at St Fagans Castle. In June 2020, Tom and his wife became parents to baby Caleb, they look forward to showing him Tom’s work at St Fagans.



Staff at Hillside Secure Children’s Home present the WLCoW School’s Award which will be spent on tools and equipment to further the child’s career, on resettlement. The recipient has been a superb student at Hillside but due to its protocols, identification of students is restricted.