Education boss receives OBE

Peter Garrod with his daughters Zoe and Kirsty.
Peter Garrod with his daughters Zoe and Kirsty.

Former Adult College principal Peter Garrod collected his OBE from the Queen during an investiture at Buckingham Palace last week.

Mr Garrod was awarded an OBE for Services to Further Education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June.

He was also the head of the Lancashire Adult Learning Service between 2006 and 2011, and is currently working as an education consultant and is the chairman of Ascentis, a National Awarding organisation creating cutting edge qualifications for further education colleges, training providers, schools, employers and many other organisations both in the UK and overseas.

He said: “Having worked in adult learning for more than 30 years, it was really great to be recognised in this way for the work I have done. It was also good to receive so many letters of congratulations, including one from former Minister of State for Education John Hayes.”

Mr Hayes said in his letter: “I am delighted this award recognises your service to adult further education in such an appropriate way.

“I know that you have been one of the prime movers in the setting up of Lancashire Adult Learning, pulling together a countywide adult learning service that was previously fragmented...I am sure that all those who work with you will agree that this honour is richly deserved.”

Mr Garrod lives in Wray with his wife Hazel and has two daughters, Zoe and Kirsty.