Huddersfield New College has revealed that Principal Angela Williams has received an OBE in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to education. 


Angela has worked within the education sector for 33 years, starting her career at Shelley High School in Huddersfield, after graduating from Oxford University. She then worked at Oldham Sixth Form College for 15 years, before moving to Huddersfield New College in 2007, as Principal.


Under Angela’s leadership, described as ‘exemplary’ by Ofsted, the College has transformed the lives of thousands young people in Kirklees, and this was recognised by Ofsted in April 2016, when it judged the College to be Outstanding in every aspect of its work. The CEO of the Sixth Form College Association, Bill Watkin, describes the College as one the top performing Colleges’ in the post 16 sector. 


The OBE also recognises Angela’s commitment to sharing her expertise to support fellow institutions to develop their offer for children and young people. Beyond College, Angela is a Trustee of two local Co-operative Trust schools, a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust and was a founding member of the Collaborative Learning Trust which brings together the 3 Colleges in Kirklees. 


On receiving news of her honour, Angela said: “It was a huge surprise to receive news that I had been nominated. It is an incredible privilege to work with young people on a daily basis, and it is a joy to be part of the wonderful staff team at Huddersfield New College, who work extremely hard to help the young people in our care to achieve their dreams. My dream was always to be a teacher, and as I near the end of my career as a teacher and as a leader in education, I am extremely proud and also very humbled to receive such a prestigious honour for this career” .


Linda Summers, Chair of the Corporation says: “The governors of Huddersfield New College are delighted that Angela’s lifelong contribution to state education has been recognised by this much-deserved award.  We are sure that we speak on behalf of all staff, and all our current and former students, in thanking Angela for being the inspiration and driving force which makes Huddersfield New College so successful, and which enables so many young people to unlock and to achieve their full potential.”