National Success for Principal

Our Inspirational CEO & Principal, Simon Pirotte, was announced on Thursday 18th of October as Director of the Year in the category for Public/Third Sector, at the finals of the national Institute of Directors (IoD) Awards in London. The esteemed awards are a celebration of leadership talent, success and achievement and are judged by a panel of experts and senior figures from both the IoD and across the wider UK business community.

The glitzy event was held in the Royal Horticultural Halls in London and was hosted by Strictly Come Dancing host, Claudia Winkleman.

Winners from each region in the UK were put forward for the national shortlist, with seven Welsh winners shortlisted for the exciting final. IoD director Stephen Martin welcomed the nominees at the beginning of the evening;

“Your stories are the real story of British business. While the UK faces its fair share of challenges, we also boast a wealth of innovative, world-beating companies.”

“…through your work this year, you have contributed immensely, not just to the economy, but to society – creating jobs, generating prosperity, and opening up opportunity for others.”

On his win, Simon said,

“I was absolutely thrilled to represent Wales at these awards and I am delighted to win. During these austere times and during Love Our Colleges week, it is a fantastic recognition of the incredible work of all staff at Bridgend College and indeed everyone across the UK FE sector.”

Love Our Colleges Week is a national campaign aimed at highlighting the achievements of college staff and students alike, and is an opportunity to call on the government for better investment in colleges, and fair pay for college staff. Bridgend College celebrated the success of its staff and students with a social media campaign in collaboration with Colleges Wales during the 15th – 19th of October.

Fred Langford, Deputy CEO of The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) was a judge at the event in London and commended Simon by saying:

“Simon is a clear inspirational leader who is empowering employees to be a part of the mission of Bridgend College. Extremely impressive results, financially as well as being motivational.”

The Public/Third sector category focuses on leaders of charity or non-profit organisations serving the good of the community.

Amongst many achievements this year, out of all the FE Colleges in the UK, Bridgend College were crowned ‘FE College of the Year’ in the ‘WhatUni’ Student Choice Awards. We were also announced as the winners of the ‘Care Employer Award’ at the inaugural Welsh Learning Disabilities & Autism Awards. At the beginning of the year, we were named as winner of the Associate of Colleges Beacon Award for Leadership and Governance. All of the above are a well deserved recognitions of the passion and commitment of our fantastic staff, amazing governors and talented learners.

We at Bridgend College believe that this recognition is well deserved and are extremely proud of Simon.

Llongyfarchiadau Simon / Congratulations Simon!