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26 March 2018

St David Awards 2018

The 2018 St David Awards were announced last week.

The awards recognise the great deeds and often extraordinary contributions made by people from all walks of life.

We have picked out a few winners to highlight how Welsh people are leading the way, excelling in their field of expertise and promoting Wales as top place to achieve, studylive and do business.

Culture – David Pountney CBE

David is Artistic Director of the Welsh National Opera (WNO) and is an internationally-renowned director and librettist having worked as a director for opera houses in countries such as France, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Austria, America, Japan, and the United Kingdom. As both an artist and a cultural leader, David has made a unique and significant contribution to the artistic life of Wales.

Read more about Welsh art, music and studying music in Wales

Innovation, Science & Technology – IQE

Dr Drew Nelson, pictured to the right, co-founded IQE in 1988 and has led the Welsh semiconductor company IQE to become an international world leader in the supply of epitaxial wafers for a wide range of products that enable technologies as diverse as mobile phones, high speed optical communications, ultra-efficient solar cells and low energy lighting.

Wales is proud to have a long history of great innovation, which continues today with companies such as IQE, DevOpsGuys and Sure Chill.

Enterprise – William Watkins – Radnor Hills

The Radnor Hills Water Company was founded by William Watkins in 1990 when he began bottling water from a spring on his family farm for airlines. Since then, the company has developed into a leading soft drinks company, producing around 250 million bottles a year. A great advert for how businesses can thrive in Wales

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International – Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project is part of Cardiff University's Transforming Communities programme, launched in the Senedd by First Minister Carwyn Jones four years ago to improve health and reduce poverty in Namibia. They have worked across international boundaries to achieve outcomes that are having a substantial impact on Namibia.

The project is led by Professor Judith Hall, a professor of Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, pictured.

Did you know the Welsh Government has a Wales for Africa initiative?

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones said: “I know there are exceptional things being performed by inspirational and aspiring people here in Wales. As I travel across the country, I get to see first hand the efforts that people make, day in day out to make our small but mighty country great.”

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners!

Full List of Winners: