Honours bestowed for contribution to ETF and FE presented

Two figures who have played vital roles in the establishment and success of the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) have received honours awarded to them in recognition of their contribution to the organisation and the sector more widely.

Lynsi Hayward-Smith was presented with a CBE by HRH the Duke of Cambridge on 2 May, while Helen Pettifor received an OBE from HRH the Prince of Wales two weeks later. Both awards were announced in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List.

Lynsi has served as an ETF Trustee and is Head of Adult Learning and Skills for Cambridgeshire County Council. She has been a senior manager in local authorities since 2002.

Until her retirement, Helen was the ETF’s Director of Professional Standards and Workforce Development; she then became an Associate Director for Professional Standards. Previously, she had held senior roles in a range of national development bodies in the Further Education sector.

David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said:

“Both Lynsi and Helen have made huge contributions to the success of Further Education in our country, so these Honours are extremely well-deserved and give due recognition to the sustained impact they have had in their respective careers.

“Lynsi’s long and successful career as a senior leader in the sector, most recently delivering adult learning and skills in Cambridgeshire, allowed her to bring great wisdom and experience to the ETF Board. She has been instrumental in shaping the success of the ETF over its first five years as a Trustee, ensuring we never lost focus on adult learning or on overall impact.

“Helen has had an unparalleled career in the FE sector’s national improvement agencies and has been an inspirational example of ‘servant leadership’ to the ETF and the sector. She has a great depth of knowledge and understanding about our field, coupled with the experience needed to make national programmes happen successfully. She has been an essential part of what the ETF is today, and I am delighted to see her personal contribution honoured publicly in this way.”

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