Other notable honours for service to the sector include OBEs for Geoff Daniels, a director of the Learning and Skills Council, and Nigel Robbins, principal of Cirencester college.
Chris Hughes told FE Focus: "I am thrilled to be honoured in this way. I take it as a tribute to the work of the whole FE and post-16 sector and of LSDA as well as a personal tribute of which I am very proud."
A spokesperson for the LSDA said: "We are delighted that Chris has been awarded such an honour. It is a testimony to the fantastic work he has done to promote further education and training through his work as a teacher as well as a leader.
"He has provided fantastic leadership and transformed the LSDA into an organisation with serious standing in the sector."
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