‘I am very pleased and touched’: Aylesbury College principal seals fitting OBE alongside other Vale leaders

Pauline Odulinski with Princess Alexandra during her visit to Aylesbury College
Pauline Odulinski with Princess Alexandra during her visit to Aylesbury College
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Retiring Aylesbury College principal Pauline Odulinksi is just one Vale person to be recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Mrs Odulinski, 61, received an OBE for her 26 years of service at the college which began when she first joined as maternity cover and will conclude when she retires in August.

She said: “I am very pleased and touched that I should be considered worthy of such an honour.

“In the field of education, further education is the Cinderella sector but with such a diverse remit and one that plays a highly important role in supporting, developing and educating people to achieve their goals.”

Aylesbury MP David Lidington paid tribute to Mrs Odulinski, saying: “I am delighted by the news.

“During her time as principal, Pauline has restored and strengthened the college’s education reputation.

“The most enduring memorial to her time at the college will not even be its new buildings, but the greater opportunities for Aylesbury’s young people that her leadership made possible.”

Mrs Odulinski was joined on the list by Ian Kerr, 55, of Stone, who was given an MBE for his services to motorcycle safety.

The former Metropolitan police officer of 20 years said: “I’m thrilled and a bit bemused.

“You don’t think you’re in line for something like this.

“It’s nice to see motorcycling recognised in it.

“I’ve been playing with motorcycles since I was a kid.”

Mr Kerr now makes sure police motorbikes are road safe and has played a key role in developing several safety programmes.

Haddenham parish councillor David Truesdale got an MBE for his work in co-founding the Leys Development Community Initiative.

The charity helps run various activities for youth and adult projects.

Meanwhile, Hilary Reid, of Princes Risborough, has been awarded a BEM for her services to the community in Great Hampden.