The extraordinary contribution of Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Chair of Governors has been recognised with a richly-deserved MBE, presented by The Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.
Derek Randall, an astute business leader with a high level of strategic and commercial awareness, has directed transformational change to see the College become one of the largest and most successful in the country. Derek’s commitment to excellence has also directly resulted in the College’s sponsorship of the Bridgwater College Trust, a Multi Academy Trust supporting a number of local academies, transforming the educational experience of over 1,500 local pupils.
Beyond the College, Derek’s contribution has been no less significant. As Chair of the Association of Colleges’ Regional Committee he has elevated standards of college governance in the South West, mentoring many new chairs of corporation and supporting colleges through challenging periods.
Speaking after the New Year Honours announcement, Bridgwater & Taunton College Principal and CEO Andy Berry said,
“I am absolutely delighted that Derek’s achievements over the past 20 years have been recognised in this way. He has given generously of his time, working ceaselessly and tirelessly for the good of the College, and always in a voluntary capacity. He has brought a wealth of experience and commercial insight to the College Board, all of whom value his guidance, wit and warmth. This honour is indeed richly deserved.”
Of his award, Derek said,
“I am delighted to receive this honour. It has been a privilege to work with such a highly talented group of professionals, fully committed to respond to student, employer and community needs.”
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