The LEADING WALES Awards 2013


Stephen Sellers

Stephen Sellers Category: Young Leader

Stephen is Chair of GwirForce, a panel for young people aged 14-25 from across Wales which aims to promote and drive forward youth volunteering in Wales. During his four year term and through his leadership, GwirForce has developed significantly and has changed the landscape of youth volunteering in Wales.


Stephen is passionate about challenging the image many have of young people and at GwirForce he has led various initiatives to enhance its effectiveness. Examples include the introduction of a Youth Charter endorsed by, amongst others, the First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones, and numerous fund raising activities.

A strong and inspiring leader, Stephen ensures that when the panel decides action is required this action occurs by delegating and encouraging as required, not to mention also carrying out a huge amount of work himself.

Perhaps Stephen's biggest challenge whilst Chair has been the turnover of panel members but he has been a constant throughout ensuring the group move forward even if there are many changes going on around them. He always picks up work where it is faltering and takes on as much as he can to ensure things keep going.

Stephen is himself a young person seeking work but makes the most of all opportunities that come his way. Alongside his role as Chair, Stephen completed a Marketing Internship with GwirVol and has since created his own project CreU which has received funding from Live Unltd and O2.

Four years ago, the group were a bunch of very different individuals with similar goals and no idea how to get on together to achieve these. Today they are a strong team of very different individuals with similar goals who have a good understanding of each other and support each other to achieve their goals. Stephen has played a big part in their development.

Who inspires you?

J K Rowling, Keith Towler (ChidComm Wales) and young people.

What is your top leadership tip?

Have passion about your cause and listen to people.

.Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues don't know.
That I'd love to be on Doctor Who, actually Torchwood. (shhh, secret).

List three attributes that you consider important for good leadership.
Passion, delegation and listening.

winner steve sellers
Jo Kelso of Bridgend College with winner Stephen Sellers