Leadership award winner

21 September 2017

Dr Mhairi McVicar with Leadership Award

A Cardiff University Director of Engagement who leads a project that works in partnership with the community of Grangetown has won a major leadership award.

Dr Mhairi McVicar triumphed in the Leadership in the Public Sector category of this year’s Leading Wales Awards after demonstrating “exemplary leadership”.

She was nominated for her leadership role as project lead of Community Gateway and Director of Engagement at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Dr McVicar said: “I am absolutely delighted and honoured to have been awarded the Leading Wales - Leadership in the Public Sector award, which had an extraordinarily high standard of finalists.

“I'm particularly pleased that the awards jury highlighted the importance of collaborative leadership and of being comfortable with uncertainty and failure, all of which are part of any initiative which takes risks in order to try to achieve something of quality...”

Mhairi McVicar

“My part in this award is completely dependent on a huge number of Cardiff University staff and students and Grangetown community partners who have believed in and supported the Community Gateway project from the start, and it's only through their passion and commitment that we've been able to bring community-led ideas to life.”

Mhairi McVicar, Project Lead, Community Gateway

“I'm looking forward to the next steps in working together.”

The 2017 Leading Wales Awards are Wales’ only dedicated leadership awards and are held in association with The Institute of Leadership and Management.

The winners were announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony at the Hilton Cardiff on Thursday 21 September.

The Community Gateway project, part of the University’s Transforming Communities programme, seeks to build a long-term partnership with Grangetown residents to make the area an even better place to live.

Could your research, teaching or skills support this idea? We want your help to develop projects in Grangetown.