JULIET Phillips-James Owner/Director of Gomer Williams Solicitors was nationally recognised at the Welsh Women’s Awards last night, Wednesday (Apr 4) an event organised by Creative Oceanic to celebrate the business women of Wales. The first of its kind.
Juliet was in a strong category – Business Woman of the Year (Under 50 members of staff), with fellow nominees being from many different industries and all well-deserved of the prestigious title. The finalist Nominees are as below- Anna Bastek (Wolfestone) / Victoria Jones (Tyn Dwr Hall) / Helen Necrews (Pisys.net) / Jean Martin (InSite.co.uk) / Ceri Maunder and Kate Richards (Eco Home & Commercial Clean) / Juliet Phillips-James (Gomer Williams) / Claire Farren (Farrens Executive Assistance) / Jan Miles and Melanie Edwards 9Coast Bathrooms and Kitchens).
The final decision was made by an undisclosed panel who not only looked at what the nominees had done in business and what successes they had, but also what they have done for their local communities and how they had helped to empower women. We are therefore absolutely delighted that Juliet (who is from Llanelli herself) to have won this award.
Speaking to Llanelli Online, one of the organisations who supported her nomination Juliet said: “I was blown away last night to win Welsh Business Woman of the Year (under 50 staff). I have throughout my career been tremendously lucky to have people who were willing to support me, and now I am thrilled to think that I have been recognised not only for what I have personally achieved, but also how I have been able to make a difference in my local community. I am surrounded by such strong and supportive teams both professionally and personally, and I would like to thank them all, especially the staff at Gomer Williams who contribute every day to making GW the success it is. It makes me extremely proud and I am excited to see where the Gomer Williams journey takes us next”
As well as being a successful business woman Juliet gives her time to community causes. Juliet is the Chairperson of Llanelli Women’s Aid and a Governor at Pentip V.A. Primary School. Juliet is a local success story – and is definitely considered as “a local girl done good”.
Juliet has a wide network of people within Llanelli and even Carmarthen as a whole. She engages with local charities who may tend to not have the funding of larger more well-known ones – she definitely supports the under dogs within the community and is keen to make a difference to the area that she grew up in. She is the first female Director of Llanelli Reds Football Club, she has developed GW into a strong Legal Firm of predominantly young women in a sector dominated by strong male’s – overcoming both the age and gender challenges to cast aside an out dated stereotype. Juliet has encouraged and supported woman both professionally and personally, and this is reflected by her volunteer work undertaken with the Women’s Aid Charity-Threshold.
She has helped promote five females into Directors of Gomer Williams so that of the seven Directors six are female. She has also expanded Gomer Williams from one office into a multi-site organisation with three offices. Gomer Williams employs 33 staff, 2/3rds of which are women. Gomer Williams also have two apprentices which offer a great opportunity for young people to go into business – this is something that Juliet has actively engaged with, again wanting to give back to the local community by providing opportunities for young people and creating employment.
Juliet established 100 good deeds as Gomer Williams celebrates its centenary year this year. Juliet herself will be climbing Everest in September.
Paying tribute to Juliet, Victoria Pedicini, CEO of Threshold said “Juliet was appointed Chair of Threshold Domestic Abuse Services in 2013. Since this time Juliet has proved to be a real asset, in providing an objective and authoritative input to the many discussions and different points of view that ensued and in adding real value to the strategic direction of our charity. Juliet is a caring, passionate woman who goes above and beyond her daily work. Overtime the commitment she has shown for our work has been relentless, never missing an opportunity to promote the work we do.”
The Welsh Women’s Awards coincides with the English, Irish and Scottish Women’s Awards which were also launched this year.