Mark White, who was made an OBE in 2016 for his services to further education on Teesside is to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He served as chair of the Education Training Collective’s (Etc.) governing board for years before retiring from the role in 2022. He moved to Teesside as a student 47 years ago and has called it home ever since.

He built a life-long career at Teesside University up until his retirement in 2016. Over the years he has dedicated countless hours to a host of organisations including 27 years committed to the governing boards of the colleges that now make up the Etc.

Mark is a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham and chair of Thornaby Town Deal Board. He is also chair of Stockton Strategic Education Board, a member of the council of governors of North Tees and Hartlepool which is made up of representatives from primary, secondary and special schools as well as further education colleges.

“I am thrilled and humbled by this award,” said Mark, who is a familiar face to many.

He added: “I have worked with wonderful, dedicated people and, to me, this award recognises and celebrates the value and importance of our essential further education sector.”

Leader of Stockton Council, Bob Cook, said: “Mark fully deserves this prestigious honour which marks his dedication to education and improving the skills of young people across the borough and Tees Valley over many years.

“It certainly highlights his continued commitment to making a difference to his local community. Many congratulations to him on securing this royal honour.”