The recently retired principal of Truro and Penwith College, David Walrond, received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list.
Walrond, who received the award for his services to further education in Cornwall, said: “It is wonderful to be honoured in this way.
“What is being recognised of course is the vital work for Cornwall of two remarkable institutions and the many outstanding colleagues who have made them what they are.”
David Walrond has been instrumental in the development of successful further education in Cornwall. He became principal of Truro and Penwith College in 2010, having joined the college in 2003 as director of curriculum and quality.
During his ten years as principal, the college has seen major growth in its 16-19 learners and apprenticeships, completed the redevelopment of the new Penwith campus, and in 2017 created a major new campus at Callywith, Bodmin, to serve the whole of north and east Cornwall.
In 2013, he was designated as NLE (National Leader in Education), one of only two FE college principals in that role. In 2016 Truro and Penwith College achieved both ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ status and the TEF Gold Award (Teaching Excellence Framework) for Higher Education. He is a founder member of the pre-16 Truro and Penwith Academy Trust (TPAT) which the college established.
As well as his continuing role as chair of trustees as with Callywith College, Walrond also serves as a director on the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and sits on the Truro Town board.