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City & Guilds Annual awards presented by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President of the City & Guilds of London Institute


The City & Guilds Annual awards were held in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, President of the City & Guilds of London Institute, in a closed ceremony, at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Athens.

More than 120 people attended the event, which was held to celebrate the five year presence of the organisation in Greece and recognise the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to excellence and a unique commitment to equal access to learning for all.

The event was introduced by Dr David Landsman OBE, the British Ambassador to Greece.

Byron Nicolaides, Chairman & CEO of PEOPLECERT, and David Illingworth BA FCA, Board of Trustees of the City & Guilds of London Institute, then gave a quick overview of the organisation’s successful venture in Greece. It has become one of the leading players in the English language certification industry, with a strong nationwide network of partners and a Teachers’ club with 12,000 members.

After the speeches, followed the awards ceremony where Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presented awards to:

  1. ‘The Smile of the Child’, which has partnered with PEOPLECERT to offer children City & Guilds exams, contributing to their personal growth and aiming to offer equal access to all. The award was accepted by Ms Varvayanni, on behalf of the President of the board, Mr. Costas Yannopoulos.
  2. ‘The School of second opportunities of the Diavaton Prison of Thessaloniki’, which aims to provide free education to the prison’s inmates, offering them a second opportunity to learn. Through the school’s partnership with PEOPLECERT, English language qualifications are offered. The award was accepted by the key project coordinators, Filio Marinopoulou, Maria Vara and Ilektra Likiardopoulou.
  3. Ms Anastasia Spyropoulou, Publisher of ELT news, for her outstanding contribution to the development of English language teaching in Greece.
  4. The students who received the highest score in their City & Guilds exam in 2011.

Closing the ceremony, Mr. Nicolaides said: ‘Today’s business decisions have a tremendous impact in a society that is fragile and insecure and PEOPLECERT is making every effort to contribute to a better future and equal access to knowledge for all, in our fight against social exclusion.

Today is about recognising commitment to excellence and celebrating the work of people who, through their extraordinary efforts, humanity and commitment to equal access to learning for all, have done remarkable work for the industry and our society overall. For our students and partners to receive the award from Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is of utmost honour and demonstrates exceptional achievement’.