TWO decades of work by Bridgwater & Taunton College’s chair of governors has been recognised with an MBE.

Derek Randall has directed transformational change to see the college become one of the largest and most successful in the country.

Under his stewardship it has secured over £40m of public and private investment and undergone two successful college mergers, offering world-class facilities and equipment, including the Government flagship National College for Nuclear.

Derek’s commitment to excellence has also directly resulted in the College’s sponsorship of the Bridgwater College Trust, a Multi Academy Trust supporting a number of local academies, transforming the educational experience of over 1,500 local pupils.

Derek said: “I am delighted to receive this honour. It has been a privilege to work with such a highly talented group of professionals, fully committed to respond to student, employer and community needs.”

Beyond the College, Derek’s contribution has been no less significant. As chair of the Association of Colleges’ Regional Committee he has elevated standards of college governance in the South West, mentoring many new chairs of corporation and supporting colleges through challenging periods.

College principal and CEO, Andy Berry, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Derek’s achievements over the past 20 years have been recognised in this way. He has given generously of his time, working ceaselessly and tirelessly for the good of the college, and always in a voluntary capacity."