Who is eligible

Submission Requirements:

A biography of the candidate (Maximum 50 words).

Details of the candidate describing what they have achieved.

Details of their plans and the reasons why the candidate should be considered for the award. (Maximum 500 words).

A recent photograph (Full face).

Supporting evidence for their stated achievements.

The names and address of two referees, Both referees must have known the candidate for at least two years.

[Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations require 4 referees, nominees will not be interviewed]

Award Categories and Sponsorship Package

The Ethnic Minority Welsh Women Achievement Association (formerly WAWAA) was established in 2010 to recognise the strength, support, and success stories of the region’s talented Asian women. EMWWAA’s aim is to empower women and girls of ethnic minority origin and to advocate and applaud their remarkable achievements and facilitate integration with the mainstream. Click here to view the list of categories


To download the document click on the links below:

Nominattion Forms – PDF

Nomination Forms – Word Document

All nominated candidates must have resided in Wales for the past 2 years.

All applicants should be at least 18 years of age except those applying for the Young Achiever Award.

Please return completed form to:
Prof Meena Upadhyaya,
2 Llyn Close, Cyncoed,
CF23 6LG.
Email: Upadhyaya@cardiff.ac.uk

Example of writing a Nominations

Example A. For the ‘Management and Leadership Award’

Management and Leadership: to recognise a female leader, in either the private or public sector, who has shown strong principles, courage, dedication and who has a clear vision of their future development.

2A complete biography of the candidate
Mrs M is the current Chief Executive Officer of Lumsdens, a UK-wide motor insurance
company. Mrs M started as a clerk with Lumsdens in 1998, undertook a part-time Business
degree with the Open University (2004), gained the ACA (from ICAEW) accountancy
qualification in 2007 and became the company CEO this year.

3. Full details of the candidate, describing their achievements, giving details of their
future plans, and the reasons why the candidate should be considered for the award
The recent appointment of Mrs M as the CEO of Lumsdens, a nationally-recognised insurance company, is perhaps the culmination of her very successful career. From her start in the company in 1998, straight from doing A-levels at Cardiff High School, Mrs M has steadily risen through the various departments at Lumsdens to finally become its youngest CEO earlier this year. Along the way, Mrs M very successfully gained a First Class Honours degree in Business Studies from the Open University in 2004, and also gained a full accountancy qualification (ACA from ICAEW) in 2007. In Lumsdens, her management expertise first saw fruition when she was appointed to oversee the personnel department in the Cardiff office and then subsequently, in 2007, became the Human Resource Manager for the entire company.

Having started at the ‘bottom’ in business, when came in as lowly office clerk, Mrs M has
always been aware of the requirement to carefully support and nurture the needs of the
younger members of the company. To this end, and almost single-handedly, she established an ‘on-the-job’ training scheme in 2004, that has since become an established and very successful component of the company’s overall career training plan. Indeed, many of Lumsden’s past-trainees have gone on to top management positions, both within the company and with other national and international companies.

Mrs M was appointed as the national General Manager at Lumsdens in 2009 and has since
undertaken a complete reassessment of the overall insurance coverage being offered by the company. Following this company-wide analysis, Mrs M identified a number of insurance areas that were either inadequately supported by the company, or were not cost-effective, and has since successfully overseen the necessary amendments to the business. Her outstanding achievements and successes with the company were then fully recognised earlier this year when she was appointed as their Chief Executive Officer, one of the youngest Asian women to hold such a prestigious position in a national company. She has not finished yet, as she now has ideas on how to further expand the areas of insurance offered by the company, with the plan being to improve the company’s profit margins from some £1.5 million to at least £3 million in the next five years.

It is quite evident that Mrs M is a prime example of an Welsh Asian women who has made a fantastic success not only of her career, but also in her life, having successfully raised a family of four children, all of whom are in full-time education here in Cardiff. Her achievements speak for themselves, and she has also shown her exemplary leadership skills in making her company, not only a success locally but also nationally.

Example B. For the ‘Small Business Award’

Small business: to recognise a woman managing small privately-owned businesses with a small number of employees [less than 20], and with an annual turnover of less than

2. A complete biography of the candidate
Mrs H is the owner and general manager of the Big Stamps stationary company. Mrs H
set-up the company in her home in 2008 and has since expanded into her present commercial premises and now has 6 employees. The Big Stamps had a £180,000 financial turnover for 2010.

3. Full details of the candidate, describing their achievements, giving details of their
future plans, and the reasons why the candidate should be considered for the award.