Selby College Chair of Governors Receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

Vernon Wells, Chair of Governors at local top-performing Selby College, collected a prestigious award from HRH Prince Charles at the investiture held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 16th March.

Vernon was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire, or MBE, in the Queens New Year’s Honours List and went to Buckingham Palace with his wife Anne and his two sons, Paul and Marc to collect the award.

Vernon received the award in recognition for Services to Further Education, including his voluntary Chair of Governors role at Selby College, seeing its success grow to becoming one of the highest-performing colleges in the country and one of the first to be graded by OFSTED, Outstanding in all Areas. Vernon is also current Chair of the Association of Colleges, Yorkshire and Humber Region.

Vernon said,” I very much appreciate the recognition this award brings. I am passionate about Further Education and have witnessed how it can change people’s lives, helping them strive for better things, increase their life chances and engage in more fulfilling jobs and careers.”

Vernon added, “It has been a real privilege to work alongside such talented students and staff at Selby College; each must take some of the credit of this appointment.”

Selby College Principal and Chief Executive, Allan Stewart OBE, congratulated Vernon, adding he is an outstanding Chair of Governors, who has led the Governing Body of Selby College now for more than 15 years. The award recognises Vernon’s passion, drive and determination, supporting the development of the college, the important work it undertakes and all that it achieves on behalf of the local community.”

Published: Tuesday 21 Mar 2017