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Philip Round, who retired as HWGTA Chief Executive in November 2014, after over 35 years’ service to the Association, was notified in January, that as part of the Queen’s 2016 New Year’s honours list, he was to be awarded an MBE for services to Apprenticeships & Skills.

Duane Sanger, current Chief Executive said “Philips’s impact on the work of the Association has been totally exceptional. We were all delighted that his work and dedication has been recognised at the highest level.”

Philip was joined by his family when he accepted the award at Buckingham Palace from HRH the Duke of Cambridge, at the end of last month.

Phil says:

“I had a magnificent send-off from HWGTA ahead of my retirement and received many compliments from Staff and companies for my stewardship of the Association over 35 years.   I therefore retired very satisfied that my work had been more than recognised.

So you can imagine my surprise when exactly a year to the day after I retired I received a letter from the Cabinet Office informing me that the Prime Minister was proposing to submit my name to the Queen to approve me being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for Services to Apprenticeships and Skills.   I was delighted to hear of this honour, but as there was no certainty of it actually happening and the letter was in strict confidence, I didn’t tell anyone including my wife and family until the end of December when the New Year’s Honours list was made public.

Philip Round MBE


On April 22nd I, along with my wife, daughter and son attended an Investiture at Buckingham Palace to collect my award from HRH The Duke of Cambridge.   The whole occasion was superbly executed, not least the privilege of speaking to Prince William about the work of the Association.   He was very interested in Apprenticeships, the age group we work with and the range of training delivered by the Association.

To make the occasion even more memorable we travelled to London the day before to take in a show and had lunch at The Ritz after the Investiture.   The highlight for my children was driving into the Palace grounds in a chauffeur driven limousine and walking up the red carpeted steps that all the world leaders have done as guests of the Queen.   The highlight for me was knowing that the work that had gained national recognition, is in very safe hands and is going from strength to strength, as evidenced by the recent Ofsted judgement of ‘Outstanding’.”