Services to Education

A day to remember for College Director

Cheshire College – South & West’s Director of Advice, Admissions and Marketing, Mike Finney, 62, from Middlewich, received his Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier this month.

Mike was appointed for Service to Education in the 2018 New Year’s Honours List which recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK.

On receiving his MBE, Mike said: “It was a huge honour to represent the College and receive my MBE from Her Majesty the Queen.

“It was a wonderful day that I’ll never forget and I felt privileged to be able to share the occasion with my wife and two sons.”

More than 60 people received honours on the day, including musician Paul McCartney and former ballerina Darcey Bussell.

Mike, who has worked at the College since 1983, was appointed for his service to Education due to his outstanding work at the College and commitment to his local community.

Starting off in the education sector as a lecturer in the catering department Mike has worked at the College for 35 years. Through his various roles he identified innovative solutions to break down barriers to learning, providing opportunities to raise the aspirations of young people.

Further to his work at the College, Mike has been an active member of many local causes including; a Middlewich High School Governor, holding the position of Chair of Governors for a number of years, a member of Crewe Community Cohesion Management Group and Crewe Smarter Travel Business Partnership, he is also a Member and Director of the Learning for Life Partnership and an enthusiastic member of a number of other community groups.