Prince Philip Medal 2012
The 2012 Prince Philip Medal Awards ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace in April.
28 September 2012
On April 24, the Prince Philip Medal ceremony – one of the highlights of the City & Guilds awards calendar – took place at Buckingham Palace to celebrate exceptional City & Guilds learners and tutors. The awards were presented by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal for the first time since she 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 Paul Kitching – a chef and owner of 21212 restaurant in Edinburgh. He was recognised for his career progression and dedication to succeeding in his industry. Sign language interpreter-turned-boat builder Gail McGarva, and Chief Executive and Principal of Burton and South Derbyshire College, Dawn Ward OBE were both highly commended, and Elizabeth Buxton, a childcare tutor at Vocational Training Services in Essex received the President’s Award in recognition of her exceptional teaching.
This year also saw The Princess Royal awarding prizes to nine learners and three tutors on behalf of twelve Livery Companies for the first time. Both the representatives from the Livery Companies and the award winners themselves were thrilled to be part of such a significant event.
The Princess Royal closed the ceremony by speaking to the guests, congratulating them all on their success and underlining the importance of vocational education to the UK.
Speaking about his success, Kitching said:
‘I’m so happy to be named the Prince Philip Medal winner by The Princess Royal, and to be recognised for what I’ve achieved - this is undoubtedly the high point of my career. There are so many great chefs out there so it’s an honour to receive this award. It’s a real sign of how far I’ve come since starting out with my City & Guilds qualification over 25 years ago! It took a lot time, dedication and perseverance to get here, but it just goes to show that if I can follow my dreams and succeed, anyone can’.