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Helen wins award

Helen wins award

Helen’s leadership in Learn Welsh sector
recognised by 2018 Leading Wales Awards

Helen Prosser, Director of Strategy at the National Centre for Learning Welsh, has won a major award at the 2018 Leading Wales Awards, in association with The Institute of Leadership & Management.

Helen won the ‘Women in Leadership’ category, supported by the Leading Wales Awards Consortium, whose members include ACCA Cymru Wales, CBI Wales, FSB Wales and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)

Originally from Tonyrefail, Helen has worked as a Learn Welsh tutor for adults since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1983.  Helen headed up the Glamorgan Welsh for Adults Centre before joining the National Centre for Learning Welsh in 2016.

In her role at the National Centre, Helen leads on all aspects of teaching and learning, including devising a new curriculum and resources and standardising quality assurance systems across the sector.

Helen Prosser says: “Striving to make a difference to the Welsh language and by doing so enhancing the lives of individuals drives me in my role as a leader. 

“As a tutor, I learnt very early in my career how important it is to respect every individual in every class, caring for their needs and playing to their strengths.  These are two principles I strive to achieve as a leader. 

“We must lead in a way that demonstrates change for the better is possible and instil confidence in our young people.  We need to ensure that we can make a difference.”

Efa Gruffudd Jones, Chief Executive of the National Centre for Learning Welsh, adds:  “I know that our colleagues in the wider Learn Welsh sector join with us in warmly congratulating Helen on winning this award.  Helen’s passion, commitment and drive to sharing the Welsh language, and to welcoming new Welsh speakers, is a constant inspiration.”

Barbara Chidgey, Executive Chair of the Leading Wales Awards says: “This year we focused on unearthing nominations from across Wales of individuals whose leadership is inspirational and transformational. Individuals whose leadership is contributing to the delivery of the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

“On behalf of the Consortium we extend our thanks to all who were nominated and our huge congratulations to all the well-deserved winners.”


The Leading Wales Awards, in association with The Institute of Leadership & Management, identify and celebrate individuals in Wales in all sectors and at all levels of responsibility whose leadership is making a real difference. This is their 14th year and they are promoted by a Consortium who include CBI Wales, FSB Wales and the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).