Chair of Governors Shaid Mahmood awarded MBE

Chair of Luminate Education Group, Dr Shaid Mahmood, has been awarded an MBE for Services to Education in the 2023 New Year Honours list. 

Shaid is the Chair of the Board of Directors at Luminate Education Group and has worked in a diverse range of senior roles in science and industry, in local government and in further and higher education.

Committed to making a positive difference to the lives of others, he is hugely passionate about the power of education and skills to transform the lives of individuals and families least advantaged in society.

Shaid said he was humbled and overwhelmed by the honour.

“I’ve accepted it in memory of my late mother, my family and friends who have supported me and to the many dedicated, hardworking board members, staff, leaders, and managers that have contributed so much to the cause and taught me so much on the way. It’s been a privilege to lead them. This honour is dedicated to them all.”

Shaid is the Pro Vice Chancellor of Durham University and the Chair of the National Association of Colleges (AoC).

As a governor and Chair of the Luminate Education Group, Shaid is also Chair of the group’s Governance & Nominations Committee, a member of the group Finance Committee and Group Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Leeds Conservatoire Board of Directors.

Shaid’s title recognises his work across Leeds and further afield to advance further education. 

David Hughes, Chief Executive of the AoC commented: “I am also pleased to see AoC chair Shaid Mahmood has been made an MBE for his work guiding AoC and as an education leader.”

Find out more about Shaid’s life and work.

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