SEVERAL eminent figures from the world of further education and training saw their hard work recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list last week.
Lorna Boreland Kelly, chair of governors at Lambeth College, becomes a Dame following her award of a DBE. Dame Lorna, a Justice of the Peace, social worker and mother of six, has been chair of the college board since 1992. Previously, she chaired the Inner London Education Authority's equal opportunities committee and last year joined the Greater London committee of the Further Education Funding Council.
She said: "It's a great honour but to be honest I am more shocked than flattered. I have worked long enough in education to know that the quality of of what goes on in further education depends on team work. For the governors, staff and students and all the people who have worked so hard - it is as much for them as it is for me."
Chris Humphries, chief executive of the Training and Enterprise Council's national council, is made a CBE for services to training. He will leave his job as head of the 79 TECs next month to become director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, a job he will combine with his role as chair of the Government's skills task force.
Australian-born Mr Humph-ries previously worked for Hertfordshire TEC, the National Council for Educational Technology and information technology companies ICL and Acorn.
He said: "I am both surprised and delighted at my award of the CBE. No one achieves these things on their own. This honour more truly belongs to the chairmen, directors and employees of the TECs in England and Wales."
Bert Carless, chair of corporation Handsworth College Group, was awarded the OBE for services to education and community of Birmingham. A city councillor for 15 years until 1994, was made an honorary alderman the following year but, thanks to a change in legislation, was able to stand again for office and was duly elected to represent the Ladywood ward.
He has been chairman of Handsworth College since 1983, and was instrumental in guiding the college through the aftermath of the Handsworth riots and in setting up the college's Community Council which represents the interests of local people and Community Network, which has widened the participation of black and Asian people, particularly women, at the college.
Other people to be honoured in the list are Susan Margaret Fey (chief executive of London East TEC) and John Saunders (chief executive of Hereford and Worcester Business Link), both awarded an OBE for services to business links. Giles Bloomer, president of Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, Training and Enterprise was also made an OBE for services to training in the town.
Sheila Catherine Dillon, domestic bursar at Newman College, Birmingham, was made an MBE, as was Juliet Pierce, for services to curriculum development and FE in Wales, David Whatmuff, for services to South and East Cheshire EBP and Brian Tierney, for services to the Construction Instruction Training Board.
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