BESA bids goodbye to Director General

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan presents Dominic Savage with an award for his outstanding contribution to education

In his final year as leader of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) Dominic Savage, was presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award for his services to education, at the annual Bett Awards last week 

Recognising his unprecedented contribution to education globally, Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Nicky Morgan presented Dominic with his award. 

The Bett Awards are the annual ceremony for rewarding both organisations and people for excellence in education. Hosted on the opening night of Bett, the world’s largest technology in education event, the awards are considered to be the highest accolade in the industry. 

In his 32 years as leader of BESA, Dominic has made an outstanding impact on the education sector globally. He was the pioneer of Bett and continues to drive the education agenda internationally. He works tirelessly with governments overseas to encourage investment in education and the raising of standards in schools. In March 2007 Dominic helped achieve a favourable ruling from the EC resulting in BBC Trust cancelling BBC Jam. Had the BBC been allowed to continue, education resource manufacturers in the UK would have been substantially disadvantaged causing a long term reduction in standards of education support material.

Dominic is a wonderfully thoughtful and considerate person; a rare combination in such a successful business operator

However it is Dominic the person, who is most noteworthy. As summarised by the judges, “In addition to his passion for the improvement in educational standards, Dominic is a wonderfully thoughtful and considerate person; a rare combination in such a successful business operator.’ 

Dominic Savage said: “I really appreciate receiving this award and particularly that the Secretary of State took the time to travel to the Bett Awards to present it to me. What I have managed to achieve over so many years has been done with the really great BESA staff team that itself has a number of very loyal and long-serving members. The award is also a great transition point as the process accelerates for me to hand the reins of BESA to Caroline Wright as director general, and our wonderful new appointment of Patrick Hayes who is joining us as director from the TES.”

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