Chairman of Deeside based food manufacturer nominated for prestigious St David’s award
Dr Graham Jackson has been shortlisted for his work as the chairman of KK Foods PLC based in Deeside.
The annual awards recognise and celebrate exceptional achievements of people in Wales, they are the highest accolade Welsh Government awards to it’s citizens nationally.
Dr Jackson has worked for KK Foods for 28 years and in this time has overseen the company’s increased turnover year on year.
The company is one of the fastest growing businesses in the food sector and last year created 90 new jobs with a further 50 jobs set for this year.
KK Foods also helps local charities by holding dinners and has so far raised £25,000 for charities including Blind Veterans UK, Cancer Relief and Alder Hay Children’s Hospital.
Peter Fuller has been chosen as a Finalist for the St David Award for Bravery for his role in stepping to stop a horrific machete attack in Mold in January 2015.
The perpetrator attacked the victim, Dr Sarandev Bhambra with a machete while he shopped at a supermarket in Mold, for which he received a life sentence.
This nominee saved a life by selflessly intervening in a horrific armed attack on an individual not known to him, in a public place. He used great skill to diffuse the machete attack, placing himself in harm’s way by standing directly in front of the attacker to prevent him continuing his attack.
On the sporting front footballer Gareth Bale, Wales national football team manager Chris Coleman and rugby player Dan Biggar have been nominated for awards.
Another notable nominee is Geraint Davies, a video engineer from Anglesey, he has been chosen as a Finalist for the St David Award for Innovation and Technology for his role in developing an element of the real-time video app, Periscope.
Geraint joined Periscope in early 2015, where he was responsible for all the coding and video architecture that makes Periscope a live, real time video broadcaster.
The app was acquired by Twitter in January 2015 for a reported $100m and won the Apple App Store title of App of the Year for 2015, less than a year after it was launched.
“Once again the finalists in our St David awards are an exceptional group of people. It’s going to be tough to choose the winners; every one of them is a credit to Wales.
“I’d like to thank all those who nominated in this year’s awards, you’ve put forward some fantastic people. I look forward to marking their achievements at the main awards ceremony in March.”
The St David Awards main presentation, when winners will be announced, will take place at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Thursday 10 March 2016.