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Home > News > January 2005 > 05-Jan-2005

Hughes receives CBE for his work in education and training

Chris Hughes, former chief executive of the Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA), has been awarded a CBE in the new year honours for his outstanding contribution to education and training.

Mr Hughes said, "I am thrilled to be honoured in this way. I take it as a tribute to the work of the whole further education and post-16 sector and of LSDA, as well as a personal tribute of which I am very proud."

Sir Geoffrey Holland, Chairman of LSDA, said, "We are delighted that Chris has been awarded such an honour. It is a testimony to the work he has done to promote further education and training through his work as a teacher as well as a leader and more recently as chief executive of the Learning and Skills Development Agency.

"At LSDA he has provided fantastic leadership and transformed it into an organisation with serious standing in the sector. Above all though we see this as a personal tribute to Chris' work and all he has contributed in his many different roles."

Hughes (59) joined the Learning and Skills Development Agency (then the Further Education Development Agency) as chief executive in September 1998. He steered the LSDA through a period of rapid change and growth - from an £8 million business to its current £40 million turnover in just six years.

He led the relaunch and renaming of the organisation in November 2000 and an expansion of its activities from further education colleges to cover all of the learning and skills sector, including work-based learning, adult and community education, and post-14 activities in schools.

Hughes has worked in further education for more than 30 years and spent 13 years as a college principal in two colleges in the North East.

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