Local banker makes Leading Wales Awards final

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Local banker makes Leading Wales Awards final

A local banker from Neath has beaten off stiff competition from over 100 entries to make it through to the final of this year's Leading Wales Awards.

Neath-born Mark Douglas, Regional Retail Director for Wales at NatWest, has been nominated in the Private Sector leadership category for his contribution to driving forward the bank's retail strategy in Wales.

Barbara Chidgey, spokesperson for the Leading Wales Awards said; "This year we had a fantastic response from across all businesses and communities in Wales and very many outstanding entries. It has been a very difficult decision process but we are confident we have some fantastic examples of leadership from all over Wales."

Melanie Jones, a senior bank manager with NatWest, who nominated Mark, said: "I really enjoy working with Mark. He has a natural ability to motivate and inspire his colleagues and he is fantastic at acknowledging success where it is due. He is a senior leader within the business but far from being removed from the customer experience, Mark has been known to roll up his sleeves to serve customers when he's at a branch. I am thrilled that his efforts in leading the bank's retail presence in Wales have been recognised by his shortlisting for this award. I will be so thrilled for him if he is named the winner on 19th May."

When he was appointed to the role Mark, who oversees 120 branches across Wales, decided to learn Welsh so he could better engage with his Welsh-speaking colleagues. Mark, who is married with two children, still lives in Neath. He has worked for the bank for 27 years.

There are 24 finalists in total across each of the eight categories in the Leading Wales Awards, in association with Real Radio Wales, which is now in its 7th year.

The winners will be announced at the celebratory lunch and ceremony at the Hilton, Cardiff on Thursday 19th May 2011.

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