13 June 2016

Lincoln College Chair, Margaret Serna, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 90th birthday honours.

Margaret is an independent member and Chair of the Board of Corporation at Lincoln College. Margaret has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors throughout the UK and more recently in Lincolnshire, including as Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service NHS Trust – the first female appointment to such a role in the NHS.

Margaret, who has been honoured for services to further education, said:

“I am deeply honoured and very proud that I am being recognised for a role that I consider it a privilege to be able to undertake. I have been a board member for eight years and chair for five years now and have found working towards enriching the lives of young people through training and education a deeply rewarding and life enhancing experience.

“Over the years I have seen our organisation develop into a dynamic and diverse group of colleges stretching across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and overseas into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and China, touching the lives of many thousands of learners.

“I look forward to continuing my work in this area and would like to thank those who have supported me along the way. In a sense this great honour is shared with them, many of whom have made a similar contribution to my own.”

Lincoln College Group Chief Executive Gary Headland said:

"It has been a great privilege to work with Margaret Serna for the past two years.  She is a massively supportive and professional Chair.

“Her altruism and dedication are exceptional.  Her devotion to improving opportunities for students and employers in Lincoln, Gainsborough and Newark has been unswerving.  Margaret is also a highly talented business leader; her vision and leadership have generated UK and international commercial opportunities for the Lincoln College Group that will provide substantial opportunities for us to invest in education and skills in Lincolnshire and Newark for many years to come.

“The award of a CBE is appropriate recognition of Margaret's huge contribution to our region in general, the Lincoln College Group in particular - we are all very pleased for her and extraordinarily proud of her."

Lincoln College is the largest educational institution in the county, with around 9,000 students of whom over 3,000 are full-time.