Stoke on Trent College Principal and CEO Lisa Capper attended Windsor Castle last week to collect an MBE awarded in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2021 for Services to Young People.
She collected the prestigious award from HRH The Prince of Wales at a formal ceremony on Tuesday, February 8.
The MBE was awarded in recognition of Lisa’s significant contribution to improving the lives of young people – particularly those who are disadvantaged – throughout her career. Lisa was Trustee and Chair of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) for eleven years after her son was born with a right side microtia.
Lisa, who joined Stoke on Trent College in January, said the MBE came as a complete surprise, but one she was extremely proud to receive.
“I feel very humbled,” she said. “Visiting Windsor Castle and meeting Prince Charles was an amazing experience, made even more special because I was accompanied by my son Harrison”
Lisa said, “I am passionate about creating opportunity for all and therefore have spent quite a bit of time supporting organisations like NDCS with this aim. I feel privileged to be able to make a difference to young people and help them secure better outcomes while working with so many other dedicated and committed professionals every day.”
Lisa’s background is in further education, and she has held senior roles across further education including in colleges and for the national Charity Nacro as well as senior roles in the civil service.
She added, “When I first started working in further education, I never expected my career to lead to where I am today. I have been incredibly lucky and had some fabulous opportunities to work with some very talented teams. I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me along the way.”
Jeremy Cartwright, Chair of the Stoke on Trent College Corporation Board, said,
“As a College we are delighted and proud that Lisa’s significant contributions to improving the lives of young people have been recognised with an MBE. On behalf of everyone at Stoke on Trent College, I would like to congratulate her on this remarkable achievement and look forward to what the College will achieve in the next few years.”
Susan Daniels, Chief Executive of the National Deaf Children’s Society, said:
“I’m delighted to see Lisa receive the recognition she deserves for a career dedicated to young people. Her work here was invaluable in helping to advance the cause of deaf children and we’re very grateful for her time, hard work and dedication.
“Volunteers like Lisa bring a unique set of skills and experience to our sector. As we emerge from the pandemic, they will have a vital role to play in the challenges that lie ahead.”
The Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) is awarded for an outstanding achievement or service to the community. This will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others.