Helsing is pleased to announce that its Managing Director, Dr. Janet
Wademan was awarded the Chancellor's Medal at the University of
Glamorgan on the 19th July 2001 in recognition of her distinctive
contribution to Enterprise and Wealth Creation in Wales.
Other recipients of Honorary awards at the University's award ceremonies
that academic year included:
Philip Madoc, actor;
Sir Patrick Moore CBE, astronomer
Lord Crickhowell, a former
following Citation was given by Professor Michael Connolly:
I present Janet Wademan to congregation for the award of Chancellor's
Dr Janet Wademan was born in Llanelli, and has spent much of her life
in and around Cardiff. She was awarded BA and PhD degrees in pure
mathematics from the University of Wales Cardiff, and is a Member
of the Institute of Management.
Dr Wademan joined Ferranti Computer Systems Ltd as a software engineer,
and developed software for a wide range of military applications on
board warships. She progressed rapidly within the Ferranti group,
managing projects involving emerging technologies, including Virtual
reality, in a wide range of applications. Dr Wademan's overall aim
was to work in technology marketing and business development, and
as her career developed she played a leading role in major technology-led
international projects, maintaining her view that she was "not in
technology for technology's sake", but concerned with the benefits
that the technology could yield.
the end her 14 years at Ferranti, her fast-moving career led her to
become Aide-de-Camp to the Director and General Manager. The job of
CEO of a major international firm involves a great deal of travel,
so the post of ADC effectively put her in charge of the day-to-day
management of the company. This gave her a very wide experience, and
was a period of her life that she obviously enjoyed even more than
When the firm went into liquidation..................(perhaps I should
explain that the well-publicised failure of this firm was not an operational
matter but caused by serious fraud, and Dr Wademan was quite blameless!!)...........,
after a short spell managing a huge project for GEC she and her husband
formed their consultancy firm, van Helsing Ltd where the philosophy
of making appropriate use of new technologies was retained and reinforced.
This name incidentally comes from Dracula, Bram Stoker's great work,
and refers to the doctor who was called in to solve difficult technical
In any case, the company specialises in providing strategic marketing
advice to high technology companies in ICT, telecommunications and
engineering, including providing specialist expertise in European
funded projects. These have included bringing technology focused economic
development to Wales, advising a multi-national team on the sale of
Eurofighter jets to a foreign government, and advising on design,
development and production of secure tactical wide area communications
networks valued at £100M+.
Dr. Wademan has spent many years promoting Welsh industry and Wales
globally, organising the Welsh presence at a number of well-known
international events. At present she is leading a European consortium
developing a web-enabled software tool to help sustain rural industry.
Dr Wademan serves the community more broadly as a Director of the
Gwent Health Authority, a role in which she also provides advice on
the adoption of ICT. She chaired the inter-agency Year 2000 Planning
Group, which put in place measures to ensure business continuity in
the health sector and allied disciplines over the Millennium period.
She is also the Chair of the Audit Committee, which she uses as a
vehicle for continuous process improvement.
Despite these professional demands, Dr Wademan maintains an active
personal life. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra for
Wales 1971-76, and has directed a production of "The Mikado". Dr Wademan
is a Member of the Society of Genealogists, and has been Chairman
of the Gwent Family History Society. She has also been a Role Model
for the Engineering Industry Training Board, the "Understanding Industry"
scheme and Mentor to the South Wales Police Force's "Business in the
In recognition of these wide and high achievements, Dr Wademan was
awarded the title Welsh Woman of the Year 1999, in the Science and
Technology category, and we are pleased that she has accepted our
invitation to become an External Professor in the School of Computing
of the University of Glamorgan.
Dr Wademan has clearly demonstrated high level of achievement in business
and has contributed to her community in various ways. For all these
reasons this university is delighted to present her with the Chancellor's
Pro-Chancellor, I present Janet Wademan to congregation for the award
of Chancellor's Medal.
After the Citation was given by Vice Pro-Chancellor Professor Michael
Connolly, Mr Tim Rees OBE, Chairman of the Board of Governors officially
awarded the Medal to Janet on behalf of the Chancellor, The Rt.
Hon. the Lord Merlyn-Rees of Cilfynydd.
Janet then took the opportunity to address the congregation firstly
to thank the University for the honour before paying tribute to
all the hard work undertaken by the graduands, recognising the support
of families and the dedication of the staff at the University. She
concluded her speech with a request to those students staying in
Wales to work together to make Wales a better place for everyone
and to those leaving, her hope that Wales has a special place in
their hearts and that they'll always be ambassadors for Wales.