A Pembroke Dock care home service manager has been recognised at the annual Shaw Star Awards 2023 hosted by recently crowned Celebrity MasterChef winner Wynne Evans.

The 14th Shaw healthcare national awards ceremony took place at The Tortworth Court Hotel in Gloucestershire on Thursday, November 23 and was hosted by Welsh singer, TV presenter and actor Wynne Evans, best known as the face of GoCompare.

Shaw Healthcare Star Awards 2023
Tortworth Court
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Welsh celebrity Wynne Evans (Steve Pope, Fotowales)

Sarah Lees, a service manager at Pembroke Dock in Pembrokeshire, won the Outstanding Management Contribution award after being nominated by staff members and residents’ families. The award – sponsored by Nexon Group - recognises and celebrates those within management roles who demonstrate a high level of expertise combined with exceptional leadership skills.

She was commended by colleagues for showing an unwavering commitment to her work and exceptional leadership skills, which has resulted in the care service having a healthy waiting list for people wanting the best care.

Her colleague, Laura Holbrook, was also a finalist in the ‘Rising Star’ category which recognises and celebrates team members who are new to Shaw but have made a positive impact on their team and residents in a short period of time.

As part of the event, the guests were treated to a powerful burst of song from Wynne Evans and also to music from rock and pop covers band, The Forgery, and a prize draw sponsored by Arjo.

The care home in Pembroke Dock provides rehabilitation and enablement for residents, many of whom have experienced extended periods of hospitalisation.

Sarah Lees said:

“It’s been really rewarding seeing Pembroke Dock develop positively in the time that I have been here. It’s been a brilliant team effort. To be recognised with this award for the work I do is wonderful.”

Sarah was one of eight award winners who were recognised at the event, which aims to celebrate the achievements of outstanding staff members across Shaw’s 60 UK facilities.

Russell Brown, CEO of Shaw healthcare, added:

“The Shaw Star Awards are always the highlight of our calendar and this year’s event was no exception. The quality of submissions was terrific, and it was – as always – extremely hard to pick a winner from the incredibly talented pool of finalists.

“As an employee-owned company it is important that we celebrate the Shaw family, so I want to say a huge congratulations to Sarah, our other winners and also all the nominees – all of whom exemplify Shaw’s ethos of going above and beyond to provide the best possible care to our residents.”