Bromley principal and charity CE recognised in New Year’s Honours List

PUBLISHED: 12:29 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:29 05 January 2016

Sam Parrett

Sam Parrett


Eddie Lynch of Bromley Mencap received an MBE and Sam Parrett, principal of Bromley College, was given an OBE

Eddie LynchEddie Lynch

A college principal and charity chief executive from Bromley are among those that were honoured in the New Year’s Honours List last week.

Eddie Lynch has been chief executive of Bromley Mencap for 12 years and was awarded an MBE for services to to vulnerable and disabled people.

Bromley Mencap is a self-funded charity and provides a range of services for disabled people of all ages, their carers and families.

Its services include a training and employment scheme, welfare benefits advice, short breaks and respite for carers, buddying for young disabled people and childminding.

He said: “It was very humbling and totally unexpected to receive an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

“I was completely unprepared for it when I first found out back in November.

“The Cabinet Office were clear that it was strictly confidential until the end of December.

“That was a difficult thing to keep under wraps because obviously I wanted to share it with everyone involved with the charity.

“A chief executive is only as good as the team around him and Bromley Mencap has a wonderful group of trustees, staff, volunteers and supportive members.

“They have been the driving force behind the development of a wide range of person centred and award winning services for vulnerable and disabled people over the years.

“I believe the award also reflects the work of our wide range of partners and of our many funders without whom our range of services would not be possible.”

Elsewhere, Sam Parrett, principal of Bromley College of Further and Higher Education, was awarded an OBE for services to further education.

Having worked in the education sector for over 20 years, her major achievements include pioneering the expansion of the college to broaden its range of education, learning and skills provision to students, the local community and employers across Bromley and the whole of south east London.

This included managing the successful merger of Bromley and Orpington Colleges, creating Bromley Educational Trust and opening Bromley Technical Academy in 2014 for 14-16 year olds.

She also helped secure large-scale investment for the college, including the Nido Volans Centre for young people with complex and severe learning needs, London’s first-ever Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College and a new Sports England standard sports centre and lecture theatre.

At a national level, she represents the education sector on a number of national committees and organisatios, including committees for the Association of Colleges, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Faith and Beliefs in Further Education national charity.

Mrs Parrett said: “I am deeply honoured and privileged to have been awarded an OBE.

“In truth, this recognition is as much on behalf of my fellow members of staff and governors as well as the college’s students, partners and local employers.

“Without their dedication, support and commitment, this award would not have been possible.”

Roger Dawe, chair of governors at Bromley College, added: “Sam’s award is deserved recognition for the dedication, leadership and vision she has brought to the college, the local community and the education sector as a whole.

“She is a positive role model for all those who work with her and has placed the college at the forefront of education, learning and skills at both a London and national level.”

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