Lowell Williams, Dudley College of Technology Recognised at the TES Awards 2018

Awards host, comedian Alan Davies, Lowell Williams: FE Leader of the Year and Mark White, chair, Stockton Riverside College, and trustee, Education & Training FoundationChief Executive Officer, Dudley College of Technology and Chair of the Board of Dudley Academies Trust, Lowell Williams has won the prestigious “FE Leader of the Year” award at the annual TES Awards ceremony, held in London on Friday night (23rd February 2018). In a ceremony hosted by the TV celebrity Alan Davies, Mr Williams was recognised by more than 800 representatives of the FE sector. Judges’ noted his inspirational leadership has seen the fortunes of the college turn-around during the 10 years under his stewardship.

Colleagues from across the FE sector came together to salute the transformation of the college from one rated “inadequate” by Ofsted in 2007 to the most recent award of “outstanding” in 2017. The judge’s particularly highlighted Mr Williams’ relentless pursuit of excellence, which has helped to foster a culture of continuous improvement across the college. Dudley College of Technology’s own Students’ Union backed his nomination saying: “Lowell has always been committed to listening to the views and opinions of the student body, in turn promoting and improving the student experience”.

Commenting on the ceremony Mr Williams said: “It is a great honour to be recognised in this way by other leaders in the Further Education community. I’m very pleased to accept the award in recognition of all the amazing achievements of students and staff at the college over recent years. I’m delighted that Dudley and the Black Country has once again been recognised for the outstanding progress we are now making. I am pleased to play my small part in rebuilding Dudley’s national reputation.”

Echoing the sense of achievement Dan Wood Student Union President said: “Fantastic news and absolutely thoroughly deserved. It is great Lowell has been recognised in this way. Students have a college to be proud of and access to the outstanding education and facilities they deserve because of his vision, determination and drive.”