College principals, staff and governors have been recognised in the Queen's New Year’s Honours

02 Jan 2018

In response to the New Year's Honours list, David Hughes, Chief Executive of the Association of Colleges, said: “I’m delighted to see some great college principals, governors and staff being recognised in the New Year’s honours list. The honours are richly deserved by people who make such a difference to thousands of people’s lives every year. The people associated with colleges in England who received honours include


  • Judith Doyle. Principal and chief executive officer, Gateshead College. For services to education and skills in the North East.
  • Lindsey Whiterod. Chief executive, South Tyneside College. For services to education and the community in South Tyneside.
  • Steve Howlett. Chair of the Corporation, London South East Colleges.  For services to housing


  • Stephen Criddle. Principal, South Devon College. For services to education.


  • Richard Carter. Governor, West Suffolk College. For services to education.
  • Michael Finney. Director of advice, admissions and marketing, South Cheshire College. For services to education.
  • Jacqueline Gerrard. Chair of the corporation, Strode's College, Egham. For services to education..
  • Gillian Lane. Formerly vice-chair of governors, Central College Nottingham and governor, Acorn Primary Federation. For services to education.
  • Kathryn Podmore. Formerly principal, Birkenhead Sixth Form College. For services to education.

British Empire Medal

  • Hayley Ryan. Teaching innovation manager, Southampton City College. For services to education.

“I am also delighted that Barbara Holm from Westminster Adult Education Service received an OBE and that Alan Tuckett has been Knighted. Alan has been a constant and effective voice for adult learning for many years and has worked tirelessly to encourage Governments and policy makers to invest in lifelong learning. His leadership at NIACE (now Learning and Work Institute) inspired many people to celebrate and appreciate the power of lifelong learning for society and to help transform people’s lives.”