College principal among city greats honoured by Queen

Leeds City College principal Peter Roberts
Leeds City College principal Peter Roberts
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LEEDS’ finest were well represented on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list - with teachers, businessmen and health workers among those recognised.

The principal and chief executive of Leeds City College, Peter Roberts, received a CBE for services to further education.

He said he was “genuinely honoured” at the news, especially given his plans to retire at the end of the summer.

Mr Roberts, of Wetherby, added: “Having worked in education for 37 years and in the Further Education sector for 32 years, I am both delighted and humbled to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.”

The man who led work to transform the Leeds City Region into an economic powerhouse was made an OBE.

Roger Marsh, chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2013, has overseen the LEP through a period of significant transformation, including bringing in over £1bn in Government investment into the region by securing the largest Local Growth Deal settlement in the country.

He said: “Unusually, for those who know me, I was truly lost for words when I found out about this surprise award.”

Other educators honoured include the Leeds-based leader of eight Bradford academies, Nick Weller, who received a knighthood.

In art, the founding director of the The Hepworth Wakefield, Simon Wallis, was awarded an OBE.

Also among those from the city honoured were Dr Peter John Hine, founder and chair West Yorkshire National Trust Volunteers, who received a British Empire Medal.