Award Winners in 2021




The 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.