Angela Williams, Principal of Huddersfield New College, has formally been awarded her OBE for Services to Education. The investiture took place last week, with the honour being awarded by the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.
 
She attended the ceremony with her three children, and parents. Angela was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to education, and it recognises how under Angela’s leadership, described as ‘exemplary’ by Ofsted, the College has transformed the lives of thousands young people in Kirklees. The CEO of the Sixth Form College Association, Bill Watkin, describes the College as one the 'top performing Colleges’ in the post 16 sector. 
 
The OBE also recognises Angela’s commitment to sharing her expertise to support fellow institutions to develop their offer for children and young people. Beyond College, Angela is a Director of two local Co-operative Trusts, was a founding member of the Collaborative Learning Forum which brings together the 3 Colleges in Kirklees, holds the position of Co- Chair of Norvic (the Yorkshire and Humber collaboration of Sixth Form Colleges) and is a member of the Sixth Form College Association Council. 
 
Angela Williams OBE says: “It was a huge surprise to be nominated, and I am extremely proud and humbled to have received such a prestigious honour. It was an absolute honour to meet the Duke of Cambridge. I would like to thank everyone who supported my nomination.”
 
Linda Summers, Chair of Governors comments:  “I am sure that I speak on behalf of everyone when I take this opportunity to again thank Angela for being the inspiration and driving force which makes Huddersfield New College so successful, and which enables so many young people to unlock and to achieve their full potential. What a wonderful early Christmas gift for Angela and her family to have her lifelong commitment and contribution to state education recognised by this much-deserved award.”