Huddersfield New College is delighted that former Alumni John Tiffany has been awarded an OBE in the latest Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

John has been awarded the OBE for services to drama, and he is currently directing the highly acclaimed West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He has a long-standing history of success in the industry, having set up the National Theatre of Scotland in 2005. He also staged a play called Black Watch and the award-winning musical Once.

46-year-old John thanked Huddersfield New College staff in an interview with the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. The article shares: “he paid tribute to Huddersfield New College drama teacher Liz Heywood who inspired him when he took part in theatre productions at the College.”

“Everyone remembers a particularly inspirational teacher and for me it was Mrs Heywood,” he said. Click here to read the full article.

Huddersfield New College would like to congratulate John on his achievement, as he joins an ever-growing list of HNC Alumni achieving national and international recognition in their chosen fields.

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