Princess Royal presents awards at Buckingham Palace
HRH The Princess Royal recently awarded several tutors and learners during a ceremony
29 April 2014
On 29 April, the annual Prince Philip Medal ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace to celebrate exceptional City & Guilds learners and tutors.
The awards were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who took over from her father, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, as President of the City and Guilds of London Institute in June 2011.
The ceremony has been held since 1962 and honours those who, in The Duke of Edinburgh’s own words, have ‘travelled the City & Guilds path’ and made the most of their talents.
This year, the coveted Medal was awarded to Len Conway – principal of the Building Crafts College in Stratford. He was recognised for his career progression and dedication to helping his students achieve. Stonemason and letter carver Daniel Meek, along with Darryl Buckley, a Master Joiner, were both highly commended, and John Elliott, an engineering tutor at Bridgwater College received the President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching.
The Princess Royal also awarded prizes to tutors and learners on behalf of several Livery Companies. Both the representatives from the Livery Companies and the award winners themselves were thrilled to be part of such a significant event.
Speaking about his success, Len said:
‘Receiving the Prince Philip Medal is a great, and unexpected, honour. My career has been a very rewarding one in which I have had the privilege of working with young people and seeing so many of them develop their careers and their lives. In doing this I have seen how City & Guilds has provided the framework for so many of them to succeed.
'As well as being a high point of my career I also see this award as some recognition for colleagues in the further education sector as a whole whose role in changing so many lives is not always recognised. It is a very proud day for myself, my family and for the Carpenters’ Company which has supported me in continuing my work in the College for the last seven years.'