Ian Smith, Vice Principal at Surbiton High School, has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion
Ian has been teaching Economics and Business Studies for twenty years whilst actively involving himself in the nationally regarded Young Enterprise Scheme. Ian has been a Volunteer Ambassador and Link Teacher for Young Enterprise in addition to being Chair of Young Enterprise Regional Board and Trustee in Berkshire. He has supported hundreds of Year 12 pupils, across nearly fifty Young Enterprise companies and initiated links with ‘Entrepreneurs in Action’ as well as projects in collaboration with Free the Children UK.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is for individual people who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs. This could be by either giving up their time to help potential entrepreneurs in education or in starting a business or working in education, training or youth work to help provide others with enterprise skills.
The judging panel makes a recommendation to the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee. The committee then makes a final recommendation to HM The Queen, who decides the winners.
Ian has been invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace to receive his award. He said of the news: “I am humbled and thrilled to receive the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. It is wonderful to be acknowledged for having had the opportunity to promote my passion for enterprise and social entrepreneurship.
“I have worked as a volunteer for Young Enterprise alongside thousands of other willing link teachers and advisors to provide pupils with an insight into business and an awareness of purpose and how to develop their talents and skills through learning by doing.
“I hope to continue to promote enterprise and social entrepreneurship with Young Enterprise and contribute to making the next fifty years as successful as its first!”
Update: Ian collected his award on July 23rd 2013