Former College Vice Principal and Awarding Body Director Awarded MBE

Katy Burns

A renowned education consultant and FE leader passionate about inspiring people to reach their potential has been made an MBE.

Katy Burns, Agored Cymru Board Director, has been honoured for her services to post- 16 education and adult community learning in Wales.

With over 30 years in post-16 education Katy started her career in Further Education at Coleg Gwent. After a variety of roles, from lecturer to Campus Director, she became Vice Principal with responsibility for curriculum, quality assurance, the Adult Community Learning (ACL) five county franchise and the Welsh for Adults regional centre.

Since retiring from the college in 2007, Katy has undertaken a variety of projects and roles as a consultant in Wales, England and Scotland. Many of these have involved reviewing and developing curriculum and quality assurance processes.

Through ColegauCymru, Katy has facilitated a number of FE managers’ networks, led and worked on a range of government-funded projects, and supported strategy and policy development.  She led the project to gain recognition for Agored Cymru as a QCF Awarding Body.

Katy Burns said it is a 'great honour' to be made an MBE.

She said: “For me in everything it is all about teamwork - working within the post-16 sector for the sector.  Our shared aim has been to do our best for post-16 learners, providing them with the support, guidance and training they need to have the best chance of success.”

"This honor is recognition of not only for the work I have done, but also the generous contributions of my colleagues. I have had incredible support from so many over the past 30 years, who have worked with me on projects and developing and facilitating pan Wales networks."

Kevern Kerswell, Agored Cymru Chief  Executive, said: “This award reflects the huge amount of hard work and dedication Katy has contributed over many years to post-16 education and skills in Wales, particularly in qualifications and curriculum."



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