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College leader receives major award

Gordon Barr an assistant principal at North Hertfordshire College has been recognised for his successful business initiatives in the current difficult economic climate. The 30-year-old has won the prestigious Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Young Executive for the second time. In 2010, the Hitchin local won Hertfordshire’s Young Business Person of the Year Award at the annual Archant Business Awards.

He has been honoured by the National Business Awards’ cross-industry programme that recognises those who have demonstrated outstanding business expertise.

Simon Burgess, chair of the judging panel, said: “Gordon Barr’s vocabulary does not include the word mediocre – which is highly appropriate for someone who has achieved outstanding success by the age of 30.

“Appointed Assistant Principal of a leading FE College at just 29, he has demonstrated how he thrives on challenge and led his college in a number of business initiatives to keep one step ahead in an increasingly difficult economic climate. Along with a series of other achievements, he is more an all-round maestro than mediocre.”

As assistant principal at the college his role includes strategic responsibility for travel and tourism, public services provision curricula, catering and sport and active leisure.

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