The LEADING WALES Awards 2013


Uche Otiegede

Uche Otiegede Category: Team Leader


Uche's tireless hard work and determination has seen the development of a community organisation to support the growing number of refugees, asylum seeking families and people from BME origin who are new to Swansea. With her at the forefront they now have a one-stop-shop where they can come in build friendships, find work and training and integrate fully into their new environment.


Uche identified a huge rise in the lack of self-confidence from children with African and African Caribbean backgrounds and so she set out to create an enabling environment for these young people to thrive and be empowered. The African Community Centre's vision is of a society where African and African Caribbean members are fully included, where their wellbeing is a priority and where justice is promoted.

Uche inspires leadership in the young people by encouraging them to organise events. The results speak for themselves. They went on to organise a community event - Swansea's Got Talent- which saw over 500 people in attendance and more young people went into volunteering with partner organisations and also applied for summer jobs.

As a team leader she offers one to one support to every member of staff, volunteers and service users. Uche understands that everybody is at a different stage of development and so a unified approach of leadership will not help them and so she tailors her support to meet their individual needs.

She consults with the staff before decisions are made and this motivates them as they know that their opinions are valued. She does not ask them to do anything she is not willing to do herself and this makes the staff know that she is willing to lead by example.

Uche's leadership style is inspirational and has positively impacted the staff team as they feel well motivated to work in the organisation. They are very concerned about ensuring that the service users have a wonderful experience when they come into the centre. Her team understand that their opinions are valued and they will be consulted when decisions and changes are going to be made that will affect both the service users and the staff.

Who inspires you?

Mrs Uzo Iwobi and Maya Angelou.

What is your top leadership tip?


Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues don't know.
I cannot whistle!