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Professor behind Covid-19 risk tool is winner of First Minister’s Special Award

24 Mar 2021 2 minute read
St David Awards (Welsh Government)

Mark Drakeford has announced that Professor Keshav Singhal as the recipient of the First Minister’s Special Award.

Professor Singhal is the Chair of the Covid-19 Risk Assessment group, established at the start of the Coronavirus outbreak, which led to the development of the All-Wales Covid-19 Risk Assessment tool.

The winners of this year’s St David’s Awards have been revealed this evening during a virtual ceremony, and they have been described as a “true inspiration” by the First Minister.

The St David’s Awards, which is in its 8th year, is a chance to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of people in or from Wales and recognise the great deeds and contributions made by people from all walks of life.

This year a Critical Worker category in recognition of the work that has been during an exceptionally difficult year we have faced with the pandemic.

This year’s award categories are Bravery, Business, Community Spirit, Culture and Sport, Humanitarian, Innovation, Science and Technology, Young Person, Critical Worker and the First Minister’s Special Award.

Speaking at the virtual event, the First Minister said: “This year’s St David Awards finalists are an inspiring group of people that we are lucky to have living and working in Wales.

“The past year has been incredibly challenging time. The coronavirus pandemic has brought much sadness and heartbreak – but it has also brought out the best in many people. The winners tonight are just a small proportion of those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and are a true inspiration to us all.”


The list of winners of the St David Awards are:


 John Rees, Lisa Way and Ayette Bounouri


 Little Inspirations

Community Spirit

 Denbighshire Dial a Ride

Critical Worker

 Cartref Gofal Cherry Tree/ Cherry Tree Care Home

Culture and Sport

Delwyn Derrick


 John Puzey

Innovation, Science and Technology

 SBRI/ Welsh Ambulance Service Trust

Young Person

Molly Fenton – Love Your Period campaign

First Minister’s Special Award

Professor Keshav Singhal MBE

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