Outstanding achievers from across Wales have been celebrated at the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver and Armed Forces in Wales Awards.

It was the fourth consecutive year the awards ceremony has been held and 260 people attended the 2018 event, which was held for the first time at the St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff.

19 public and private organisations were recognised for their wide-ranging support and help to Defence and members of the Armed Forces community. They were presented with their ERS Silver Awards and the recipients included;

Basel Cottage Holidays, Caerphilly County Borough Council, Charmwood Risk Management Limited, Coleg y Cymoedd, Digital Profile, Empower – Support for the Voluntary Sector Limited, Enbarr Enterprises Limited, Firing Line Museum of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh, Flintshire County Council, G Force Telecomms Limited, Hazelwood Carpentry Contractors Limited, Pervade Software Limited, Pinnacle Document Solutions Limited, Qioptiq Limited, The British Warships Association Community Interest Company, The Star Bunkhouse, The Wye Forward Limited, Torfaen County Borough Council and Wagtail UK Limited.

Brigadier Alan Richmond OBE, Commander 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales, said: “The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. Organisations pledge their support via the Bronze award and can then be nominated for a Silver award and I hope you will be inspired as you watch the 19 employers that have implemented supportive policies and practices to earn the Silver Awards to be presented tonight. We also congratulate the Welsh employers that have gone the extra hard miles to become advocates recognised with UK National Gold Awards this year.”

Captain Chris Evans MBE of 223 (West Glamorgan) Squadron, 157 (Welsh) Regiment Royal Logistic Corps won the overall Armed Forces Award for his multitude of roles in the Army over the last 38 years.

Dr Neil Kitchiner received the Covenant Award for his work with Veterans’ NHS Wales, which offers out-patient mental health services to veterans. Neil has 30 years of experience and has worked all over the world, including serving as a reservist with 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital in Afghanistan.

Corporal Ieuan Hudson of 7 Aviation Support Battalion REME won the Sports Award, which was presented by Sam Warburton OBE, former Wales and British and Irish Lions rugby captain. After seeing an advert to join the military, a clinically obese Ieuan turned his life around through running and cycling. He eventually won the ‘Best as Physical Training’ award on passing out with the Army and the Army’s Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme is helping him develop for the triathlon at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Dyfed and Glamorgan Army Cadet Force’s (ACF) Second Lieutenant Kelly Williams was presented with the Youth and Cadets Award, which was presented by Colonel Alan Peterson, Honorary Colonel Cadets Wales. Formerly a cadet, Kelly volunteers countless hours of her time to work with young people, whilst also working as a senior operations manager within the University of Wales Trinity St David and raising a family of three.

Images: 160th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Wales/Army Media Communications.

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