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Hall of Fame 2005

AoC Gold Award winners 2005


Faye BanksFaye Banks
Young Woman Engineer of theYear 2004
Studied HNC in Electrical Engineering at Wakefield College

Frustrated at working in unskilled employment, Faye decided to return to education to study engineering. Her talents and outstanding academic performance were recognised whilst studying at the College and she was awarded the College Principal's Prize for Women into Science and Engineering (WISE). In 2002, Faye won the Yorkshire Evening Post's Women of Achievement Business Award and the Institute of Incorporated Engineers' Mary George Memorial Prize. She was then headhunted by Lever Faberge. A high point was winning the Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2004, sponsored by the Institution of Incorporated Engineers and The Caroline Haslett Memorial Trust. The Award aims to alter the way women think about the industry and to increase the number of female professional engineers.


Shelim Hussain MBE, his family and Coleg Glan HafrenShelim Hussain MBE
Chairman and Managing Director of Euro Foods (UK) Ltd
Studied A levels at Coleg Glan Hafren

Whilst studying Shelim worked part-time in a local restaurant in order to support his family. It was here that he seized on an opportunity when a seafood supplier ceased trading. With an initial investment of £20, Shelim began supplying seafood to this restaurant and others. Whilst still a student at the College, he regularly commuted between Cardiff and London, supplying restaurants in both areas. He soon established this busines as a full-time entity and formed Euro Foods (UK) with a couple of friends. Since its formation, the company has grown rapidly in size. Euro Foods (UK) Ltd is the leading supplier of meat, poultry and seafood to the catering industry, importing produce from all over the world. Shelim was awarded Young Acheiver of the Year in 2002 by HRH Prince of Wales and awarded an MBE in 2003 for services to business in Wales.

Robert Lindsay and students from New College NottinghamRobert Lindsay

Studied A levels at New College Nottingham

Robert credits the College with inspiring and developing his talent. He describes his time there as 'a bridge' between his modest academic record and RADA, where he went to continue his studies. He has been active in TV, theatre and films for over 30 years. Some of his best-known roles include Wolfie Smith in Citizen Smith, the lead role in Alan Bleasdale's GBH and Ben Harper in the BBC sitcom, My Family.

His achievements include:

  • Winning a BAFTA for his performance in GBH
  • In 1997, winning a Laurence Olivier Award for the role of Fagin in Oliver
  • Winning another Laurence Olivier Award and a Tony Award in 1984 for Me and My Girl

Listen to Robert Lindsay on the BBC's Desert Island Discs.

Giles Long, Braintree College and Waqar Azmi, AoC Gold Awards 2005 PresenterGiles Long MBE
Gold Medallist for Swimming in Paralympics
Studied A levels at Colchester Institute (Braintree College)

Giles is a triple paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer and world record holder. He credits the College for providing him with with the skills required to progress onto university and later, his sporting career. His involvement in sport began as a non-disabled swimmer however after discovering a bone tumour, he lost his right arm. A year after making his debut in a disability competition, he broke a world record at the World Championships. In total, his paralympic medal collection consists of three golds, two silvers and a bronze.  For the London 2012 Paralympics, he created the lexi classification system and was part of the team who won a BAFTA for the London 2012 Paralympics coverage on Channel 4.

Preston College accepting Nick Park's certificateNick Park CBE
Studied Art at Preston College 

Nick's time at the College provided him with the opportunity to explore a wide range of
specialist art and design subjects and to develop his interests and abilities. The College enabled him to bridge the gap between developing his ideas and transforming them into reality. After graduating from university and studying animation at the National Film and Television School, Nick joined Aardman Animations and one of his first jobs was to work on Peter Gabriel's award-winning music video for 'Sledgehammer'. For his work on the Wallace and Gromit animated features, Nick has won four Academy Awards.

Listen to Nick Park on the BBC's Desert Island Discs.

*All photographs are copyright of Stefano Cagnoni