Dr Christine Braddock, the Principal and Chief Executive of Birmingham Metropolitan College Group has been made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours in recognition of her work in the Further Education sector.
Christine said, “I am deeply humbled – this honour not only recognises my work in the sector but the ongoing excellent work of teaching staff and the achievements of thousands of learners – this is one of the proudest moments in my life”
Lancashire born Christine has nearly 30 years’ experience in senior leadership of FE colleges. Before moving into FE leadership, Christine worked as a Senior Education Adviser for the Home Office, managing and coordinating education policy and provision in 43 Midland prison establishments, in collaboration with local authorities and FE colleges.
Christine is inspirational in the West Midlands Region. She is a past President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Group and was the first public sector representative in its two hundred year history to be nominated for the Presidency. She is also the first female member of the Birmingham Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). She was the Chair of the Engineering Training Board’s Education and Skills Panel and a past Board Member of Engineering UK. She is also a council member of CBI West Midlands, Aston University, and was previously a director of Birmingham Forward.
Christine led the Cluster Opportunities Group (COG) for the region – this group was responsible for drawing up the strategy which reflected the issues and opportunities confronting the cluster’s constituent businesses and formed the basis of the business needs analysis for the region. She led the strategy for the Birmingham Prospectus on Connected Cities which established the future of Birmingham. She is a keen player in establishing policy through the 157 Group at National Level, where she champions the mutual developments for the public sector.
Christine is the High Sheriff in Nomination, and will become the High Sheriff of the West Midlands in March 2013, an honour which recognises her stature in making a positive contribution to the community .
Christine is married to Tony and between them they have three children.