Seven college principals feature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list this year, four of whom are women.
The list is headed by Maggie Galliers, principal of Leicester College, and Elaine McMahon, principal of Hull Group of Colleges, who are both appointed as Commanders of the Order of the British Empire.
Five principals are appointed as Officers of the Order (OBE). They are: Meredydd David, of Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire; Glyn Jones, of Pembrokeshire College; Fiona Larden, of Fircroft College, Birmingham; Marion Plant, of North Warwickshire and Hinckley College; and Allan Stewart, of Selby College, North Yorkshire.
Dan Taubman, FE official for the University and College Union, is appointed an MBE. He said the award was partly a recognition of the efforts of all who have helped keep adult education going over the years.
QUEEN'S HONOURS FOR SERVICES TO EDUCATION
Garry Hawkes, president of Edge, for services to business and to vocational training
Maggie Galliers, principal, Leicester College, for services to local and national further education
Elaine McMahon, chief executive and principal, Hull Group of Colleges, for services to local and national FE
Meredydd David, principal, Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire, for services to local and national FE
John Gray, chairman, Coatbridge College Board of Management, for services to FE and HE
Glyn Jones, principal, Pembrokeshire College, for services to education and to training in Wales
Fiona Larden, principal, Fircroft College, Birmingham, for services to adult education
Hugh MacDonald, assistant director, apprenticeship unit, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills
Marion Plant, principal and chief executive, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, for services to FE
Malcolm Read, executive secretary, Joint Information Systems Committee, for services to FE and HE
Allan Stewart, principal, Selby College, North Yorkshire, for services to local and national FE
Diana Farrelly, lifelong learning manager, Armagh campus, Southern Regional College, for services to FE in Northern Ireland
Douglas Hands, chair of governors, Lewisham College, London, for voluntary service to FE
Peter Legg, for services to vocational education and to skills training
Carol MacGruer, study centre co-ordinator, Ayr College, for services to FE and to the community in Ayrshire
Bernard McGill, for services to lifelong learning and to trade unions in the North East
Ivor Moon, for voluntary service to adult education and to the community in the East Midlands
Urvashi Patel, senior executive officer, Adult Basic Skills Strategy Unit, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. For public and voluntary service
Jennifer Stiling, vice-chair, Weymouth College Corporation, for services to FE and to the community in Weymouth and Portland, Dorset
Dan Taubman, senior national education official at the University and College Union, for services to adult and further education
William Tyler, chair of governors, North East Essex Adult Community College, for services to adult education.