The 2019 New Year’s Honours List has seen a broad number of industry figures recognised from the employability and vocational skills sectors. Amongst those recognised is Lynsi Hayward-Smith, Trustee at the Education & Training Foundation, who received a CBE for services to Further Education.

Dr Neil Bentley, Chief Executive for WorldSkills UK receives an OBE, as does Barry Liles, the Welsh Government’s Skills Champion for Wales, and former Chief Executive of Coleg Sir Gâr. David Newborough, Non-Executive Director of Energy & Utility Skills and the Independent Chair of the National Skills Academy for Power, also receives an OBE.

Several Further Education College Principals and Chief Executives also received OBEs, including Karen Redhead (Derwentside College), Karen Dobson (Newcastle & Stafford College Group), Nigel Duncan (Fareham College) and Annette Bruton (Edinburgh College).

Joanna Hunter, Co-Founder of Smart Works. a charity which provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need, receives an OBE. Anthony Osmond, previously a Non-Executive Director at the Disabled People’s Employment Corporation (the former DWP arms-length body which managed the residual assets and liabilities of Remploy) also receives an OBE.

David Hughes, Chair of The East Midlands Apprenticeship Ambassador Network receives an MBE, as does Angela Middleton, Founder and Chief Executive of the Middleton Murray Group, an independent training provider. Paul Griffiths, Chairman of Industrial & Marine Hydraulics (IMH) receives an MBE for services to engineering skills and apprenticeships on Teesside, whilst Claire Paul, Director of Leadership Development at the BBC, also receives an MBE for services to apprenticeships.

Several grass roots practitioners were also recognised on the list. Lyril Rawlins, Disability Employment Advisor and Coach at Selly Oak Jobcentre Plus receives an MBE. Fiona Bailey, a Troubled Families Employment Adviser at DWP also received an MBE.