The West Lothian College Ambassador Award recognises a person who has made a huge difference to our college over the year.
This award essentially gives that person lifetime freedom of the college.
This year, I was delighted to announce that the recipient of the West Lothian College Ambassador Award is John McGee.
About a year into my role as principal of the college, John contacted me to explore opportunities for working together. Since then, he has become a well-known figure on our campus.
He has shown unbounded enthusiasm, commitment and energy in his work with staff and students across the college, and he continually comes up with new ideas to support our students on their courses.
He has a great understanding of our college and has been instrumental in increasing employer engagement in a range of subject areas to ensure that every student had a work placement included in their course.
John is passionate about what work experience should look like and works closely with our staff to ensure that every placement is meaningful and relevant to our students’ chosen career path.
When John speaks to students, his inspirational presentations are always pitched at the right level and allow plenty of time for questions. He has also mentored students, enabling them to benefit from his extensive knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm!
Next year is the twentieth anniversary of our campus in Livingston. We have a lovely campus, but we’ve outgrown it as it now caters for double the number of full time students that it was designed for.
We have started a modernisation programme for a modern, innovative campus by 2025, and I asked John to work with me on ideas for expanding and improving our college estate.
He has been fantastically generous in letting us tap into his professional expertise on the use of space. For example, he has helped us make progress on expanding our engineering and construction workshop which will create a modern fit for purpose facility for next year’s students.
Everyone, including myself, who works with John is blown away by his passion, enthusiasm and capacity for generating ideas.
We are very privileged that our students, staff and college benefit from this.
For being an inspirational business leader, a caring and generous partner of the college, and a truly amazing friend to our students and staff, I am delighted that John McGee is now a lifelong West Lothian College Ambassador!