Bridgend College is delighted to announce that one of its’ Governors, Dr John Graystone, is the winner of this year’s TES FE Awards 2017, Lifetime Achievement Award.

John was revealed as the winner at the gala awards ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London on Friday 24 February.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who, in the opinion of the judging panel, deserves to be honoured for their contribution to further education above and beyond their own academic interests.

John has been recognised for his significant contribution to the UK FE Sector during his 46 years in education. Beginning as a teacher in Nottingham in 1970, he has worked in a variety of positions both as an employee and as a volunteer. Everything he has achieved has been done through an authentic passion for education and its ability to transform lives.

Currently, John serves as Executive Chair of Agored Cymru and was Interim Director of NIACE Cymru.

He also serves on the Board of three Colleges; Bridgend College; The College Merthyr Tydfil (a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of South Wales) and he is Chair of the WEA YMCA CC Cymru. He represents Colegau Cymru on the educational board of the Welsh Journal of Education and on the AOC Beacon Award Steering Committee.

His expertise in governance has been of critical importance to the FE sector during a period of significant change.

The Welsh sector has benefitted from this expertise which has been developed through his academic contributions but also through his experience in advising Governing Bodies across the country.
A very well respected academic, John has worked in the School, FE and HE sector.

He has published over 100 articles in a wide variety of national and international journals. He writes regular features on leadership and governance in the FE sector of the TES.

Of all John’s achievements, his greatest is his ability to bring out the best in people around him.

We are thrilled that he has been recognised with the TES Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented by Robert Halfon, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills.