Principals and former principals dominated further education's presence in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Newcastle College's Jackie Fisher topped the list, having been appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Ms Fisher, chief executive of the Newcastle College Group, was joined by nine other further education principals and former principals in this year's birthday honours, announced last Saturday.
"To be given such recognition is a great honour and one for which I am extremely grateful," said Ms Fisher.
"It is a tribute to the many people in our FE colleges in Newcastle and Skelmersdale and our national training and employability provider, Intraining, who work very hard to give our learners and customers valuable qualifications and employment."
Others in the list included Robin Landman, chief executive of the Network for Black Professionals, who is appointed an OBE, and Margaret Mineham, curriculum manager at Cleveland College of Art and Design, who is appointed an MBE.
Cleveland principal Martin Raby said: "Margaret's MBE is well deserved and was supported by education professionals in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool. Within the college she has been central in successfully driving up quality standards."
This year's Birthday Honours in FE
Jackie Fisher, chief executive, Newcastle College Group
Martin Tolhurst, former principal, Newham College of Further Education
Jill Westerman, principal and chief executive, Northern College for Residential Adult Education
John Widdowson, principal, New College Durham
Jeanette Dawson, principal, Bishop Burton College
Miles Dibsdall, former principal, New College Stamford
Graeme Hyslop, principal, Langside College
Mair Jones, for services to further education in Wales
Robin Landman, chief executive, Network for Black Professionals
Hugh Pitman, executive chair, JHP Group Ltd and the first chair of the Association of Learning Providers
Joanna Tait-Lovatt, former principal, Bishop Auckland College
Elizabeth Walton, former principal, William Morris Sixth Form, London
Pauline Waterhouse, principal, Blackpool and the Fylde College
Judith Boardman, chair of governors, City of Westminster College
Joan Brier, chair of corporation, Rotherham College of Arts and Technology
Pauline Cocker, former chair of corporation, Birkenhead Sixth Form College
John Duggan, activities organiser, Huddersfield University of the Third Age
Margaret Forisky, collegeschool development officer, West Lothian College
Barbara Hamzawi, JP personal assistant, University for Industry
Alexandra Henderson, former chair of corporation, Hull Group of Colleges
Pauline Hitt, former head of department, Isle of Wight College
Margaret Jones, YMCA Wales Community College
Neil Middleton, chair of governors, City of Bristol College
Margaret Mineham, curriculum manager, Cleveland College of Art and Design.