MK College principal Julie reveals her OBE was a ‘wonderful surprise’

Celebrate:MK editor pays tribute to his inspirational former boss.

Milton Keynes College CEO and group principal Dr Julie Mills has revealed that her OBE came as a ‘wonderful surprise’ in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Julie, who is a big MK Dons fan, was honoured for her work in helping to establish greater links between education and business.

The award reflects the huge contribution she has made to the Further Education sector over a 30-year career including significant advances in prison education.

A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, Julie’s OBE comes fresh off the back of her being named Principal of the Year by the National Centre for Diversity.

She said: “I am honoured to receive this award. It is recognition of the importance of Further Education and testament to the spirit of entrepreneurship and collaboration within Milton Keynes as well as the fantastic support from colleagues as we continue our mission to transform lives through learning. To be rewarded for doing a job I love is a wonderful surprise.”

Julie is the driving force behind plans for an Institute of Technology at Bletchley Park and a director of the MK Dons Sport and Education Trust.

Celebrate:MK editor Jon Boyle, who worked under Julie as journalism course leader at MK College from 2009 to 2014, said: “Julie is a great leader and a lovely person who always makes time for a chat in the corridor with every member of staff.

“She really made me feel valued and I’m delighted that her amazing work in improving links between education and business in MK has been rewarded – she deserves it.”

This feature was published in the July 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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