Learner Graduation and Awards 2020

Arlington Arts - Wednesday May 20th 2020, 2pm - 4pm​

We're once again celebrating the success of our learners and their employers in style this year! Our Apprentice Graduation and Awards for 2020 will be held at the fantastic Arlington Arts Centre in the grounds of the Mary Hare School, Snelsmore Common, Newbury. A map and directions to Arlington Arts can be found here.​

Invitations have been sent out to all Apprentices who have achieved since April 2019, or who are predicted to achieve by 31st March 2020.  Also invited will be all finalists in the Rising Stars Awards categories and their guests. These invitations will be sent after the nominations close in March. We expect it to be a busy and exciting afternoon for everyone.

Proceedings start at 2pm with an opening address from our Guest of Honour. Then our Apprentice Graduates will be called on stage to receive their certificates. This will then be followed by the awards themselves.



We have 8 award categories for 2020 with awards available for both learners and employers who are the ‘Rising Stars’ of today and who make great role models in the world of learning and employment. Our judges will go through all the nominations and select a short-list of finalists in each category. Finalists will be invited to the event along with a guest and the winners will be revealed on the day! 

Anthony is the Principal of Basingstoke College of Technology and Chairman of WBTC. His passion and vision are to provide an outstanding learning experience for all its learners to ensure they drive economic growth and prosperity in the region. During his time with BCOT he has initiated and overseen the college’s e-confidence journey, including introducing a state of the art IT infrastructure, the development of digital apprentices, introduced blended learning and integration of commercial and in-house resources. Prior to moving to Basingstoke, Anthony was Principal at Crossways Academy, Lewisham, which became a CISCO world reference site for use of ICT in education, as well as providing a template for integrated smart building technology. This is where his passion for the use of technology in learning started. Anthony also serves as a Governor for Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, representing North Hampshire and West Berkshire.



Our judging panel have many years experience of working with and employing young people. They are all successful business people with a diverse range of career roles under their belts and we are fortunate that they have accepted the complex role of reviewing all nominations and selecting the finalists.

Tracking and Engagement Officer, WBTC Honorary Fellow

Alex is 16-24 Tracking and Engagement Officer with West Berkshire Council. He has many years experience working with young people in a range of settings including schools, colleges and in the community. In his spare time he is a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) branch. He is also an archery and canoeing coach, as well as a keen hill walker. He can regularly be found supporting young people in achieving the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK or overseas. Alex was appointed an Honorary Fellow of WBTC in 2017.


Vice Chairman

Chris joined the WBTC Board in 1985. A retired Chartered Surveyor he worked in the Berkshire area for 45 years, mainly in private practice.  His last position was as consultant to Haslams Surveyors LLP of Reading. Chris served as Chairman and then President  of the Newbury Chamber of Commerce in the 1980’s. He lives in Newbury and enjoys gardening, dog walking and sport and interests include wildlife and the environment.






Human Resources Officer, WBTC Honorary Fellow

Vicky has gained over 21 years people management and development experience during her time working in the HR Department of West Berkshire Council.  Her passion is Learning and Development and the opportunities to progress that an investment in development in the workplace can provide. Vicky has completed a number of Apprenticeship programmes with WBTC from Business Administration to Management Level 5. In 2015 Vicky became WBTC’s first Honorary Fellow. In her spare time Vicky loves to spend time socialising with friends and family especially if it includes a visit to the beach.




Richard has nearly 40 years’ experience in the world of Nuclear Safety and Engineering in various roles including Main Board Director. He has travelled extensively working for UK and International Companies on Technical and Commercial solutions. He has always believed that individuals contributions and personal development are a prime factor to organisational success. Richard is a keen walker and sailor and has tackled some challenging mountains and oceans. 





Anne joined the WBTC Board as a Trustee on October 2017.  Anne will be known to many in her previous role as HR Project Manager for James Cowper Kreston where she also led the highly successful Apprenticeship Programme with WBTC. Anne brings to the Board her extensive background in both private and public sector of over 40 years and is a positive addition to our Board of Trustees.