In last week’s blog we wrote about the Times Education Supplement’s Further Education Awards, now in their third year of showcasing the very best in the further education sector. We are absolutely delighted that NEC’s CEO Ros Morpeth was named TES FE Leader of the Year on Friday evening, at a glittering black-tie event hosted by the comedian Jo Brand, and attended by over 500 people from the sector.
Ros, one of six people shortlisted for the award, was chosen as the winner because of her ‘tenacity and inspirational leadership’ since she came out of retirement in 2011. ‘There are lots of outstanding leaders, but only one miracle worker’, said David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, speaking on behalf of the judges.
|Ros Morpeth-FE Leader of the Year 2014(centre) with comedian Jo Brand (left) and David Hughes, CEO NIACE (right)|
Commenting on her success Ros said: ‘My first reaction was disbelief followed by delight. I’m still pinching myself to be sure it really happened! My inspiration has been Michael Young and his commitment to breaking down barriers to open up access to learning. This morning, I called together everyone who works at NEC to show them the trophy because without all of their hard work and sacrifices, there would not have been an NEC to lead.’
She added: ‘We wouldn’t be here now without the help and support of our wonderful trustees, and other providers in the sector like NIACE, Open University, WEA and Campaign for Learning. The judges had the imagination to recognise a provider who isn’t a conventional FE College, but is a charity which for 50 years has been finding innovative ways to reach out to learners, filling the gaps in existing provision and doing its best to make sure there is continuity of education available for everyone, no matter what their circumstances.’
The awards have given us the opportunity to learn more about every one of the outstanding individuals and innovative institutions shortlisted. Their achievements makes us proud to be part of this impressive sector. You can read more here about the winners in each of the 13 award categories.We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the evening’s winners for their inspiring work.
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