Category Winners: Contribution to Welsh Life and Culture


Leanne Wood AM, Leader Plaid Cyrmu, BA (Hons) Public Administration, 1994 

(Public role correct as up to August 2018)

As Leader of Plaid Cymru since 2012, Leanne Wood perhaps needs little introduction, although maybe less is known about her involvement in the USW Women's Leadership programme and her passion for championing equality. With a background as both a probation worker and support worker for Women’s Aid, Leanne brings a gravitas to assorted public administration and diversity programming across the University portfolio, and has done so for a number of years. More widely Leanne has been heavily involved in the trade union movement and was previously chair of the all-party Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union group in the Assembly. During her tenure as AM, she has been responsible for the Sustainability, environment, Social Justice and Housing portfolios for Plaid Cymru.


Margaret IsaacAuthor, retired teacher, PGCE, 1976

Having completed her initial UG studies in 1961, Margaret has had a lifetime in and around education. Margaret has been associated with the National Trust and other organisations helping develop teaching resources linked to Welsh Life and Culture. Since 1999, Margaret has authored a number of stories on Welsh myths and legends. She has been a Visiting Writer to several English and Welsh language schools and her work has been encouraged by Literature Wales.