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Mike Jones makes shortlist in Welsh national leadership awards

RMD for Wales named as finalist for prestigious leadership award
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Mike Jones, Regional Managing Director for Arthur J. Gallagher, has been named as a finalist in Wales’ long-established and only dedicated leadership awards - the Leading Wales Awards, in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Now in their 12th year, the awards seek to recognise and celebrate individuals whose leadership is making a real difference in Wales and contributing to developing prosperity in the country.

Mike has been nominated in the Leadership in the Private Sector category and is one of three finalists in the category. Barbara Chidgey, Chair of the Leading Wales Awards, said: “As usual, we have a really eclectic mix of leaders and exemplar of leadership across all sectors in Wales for this year’s short-list. It’s been a privilege to read so many fascinating stories of leadership making a real difference within a business, organisation or community project. We really do appreciate also the time and commitment given by everyone who submitted a nomination. We look forward to the awards lunch & ceremony in June when we can properly celebrate our ‘Leaders in Wales’.”

Mike Jones said: “It’s a real honour to be shortlisted for this award and I’m proud of all that we are achieving in Wales, but it’s really the calibre of colleagues that surround me on a daily basis that should be credited for how our business continues to develop. Being named as a finalist is just as much recognition for the incredible work they do every day. We invest heavily in recruiting and training great talent in our team and make sure each individual is supported as they develop exciting careers at Arthur J. Gallagher.”

Gary Fletcher, Area Managing Director — West, Arthur J. Gallagher, who nominated Mike for the award, added: “We’re absolutely delighted to see Mike recognised in this way and his selection as a finalist is wholly deserved. Mike is an inspirational leader; he didn’t learn it from a textbook but instead lives and breathes a culture and values that are shared by every member of his team. His commitment to developing the long-term careers of each team member and the positive working environment he creates are what then drives the bottom line performance of the business. Put simply, people want to work hard for him, deliver great service for their customers and become the very best they can as insurance professionals.”

The winners will be announced at a lunchtime awards ceremony, which will take place at the Hilton Cardiff on Tuesday 14th June. 

The alumni of past winners includes individuals such as Laura Tenison MBE, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, Mario Kreft MBE, CEO of Pendine Park Care Homes; honorary award winners include  previous First Minister Rhodri Morgan and also Wales’ rugby captain Sam Warburton.

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