November 2017, Venue Cymru, Llandudno

Awards Dinners are a vital part of any corporate calendar, bringing people together to celebrate, reward and encourage achievement.  Gary Doherty, Chief Executive of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, explained the importance of The Health Board’s Achievement Awards, “It’s a very important night. Every year it is a chance for us to say thank you to some staff for doing some amazing things, to say well done, thank you and have a damn good party!”

Over 300 people attended the event held at Venue Cymru for a night of speeches, awards, dinner and live music – including the Welsh Elvis: a member of staff at the Health Board, and the band Plural Tap, also members of the Board, followed by a disco and dancing. Venue Cymru was chosen, says Gary, as, “We were looking for somewhere that was central, well-connected for travel and somewhere that had opportunities if people wanted to stay overnight, with some good hotels. In particular, a venue with expertise in audio, visual and lighting, very important elements for tonight’s event. The room looked incredible, it is an amazing venue and the feedback has been fantastic.”

The Health Board also holds many other events, from research conferences, planning away days, to meeting with partners. “We use all sorts of venues,” says Gary, “There are some great venues in the region, big and small, and people here are used to putting on events. We get a lot of visitors in North Wales, so people here are really well experienced in putting on events and catering for all sorts of people doing all sorts of things. So it’s a really easy thing to do, and you’ve got all sorts of opportunities here that you can rely on. 

This is a fantastic region. North Wales is a wonderful place and it has got everything that you would want. It has amazing scenery, amazing people and the most amazing culture and history. It has got good links in terms of road and rail. It has its own airport. You can get here from Liverpool or Manchester very quickly. It has all sorts of activities that you can do whether they are leisure or business. It has universities, it has research, it has everything that one could want. I think North Wales is a fantastic region and I am proud and delighted to work here. I would recommend it to anyone who has not had the opportunity to get here so far and I look forward to seeing them.” 

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