Doha College Principal awarded British MBE

Doha College Principal Mr Mark Leppard has been included on the annual Queens British Honours list for services to British education in Qatar.

Mr Leppard was notified that he had received the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in a communication from Buckingham Palace on Saturday.

Mr Leppard, who has been with Doha College for 19 years, said it was a privilege to receive the prestigious award.

"The MBE came as a complete surprise, but one I am extremely proud to receive. I feel extremely honoured and very humbled,” Mr Leppard said.

“It was awarded for 'Services to Education in Qatar' and with Qatar's 2030 National Vision, I am delighted that as Principal of Doha College, both I and the school can support Qatar's ambitious drive towards a knowledge based economy,” he said.

“The College is driven forward by a very strong team and this award also recognises the work of every member of that team.

The MBE is awarded for significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

Mr Leppard was one of 1163 people to receive an award on the Honours List, with 11 percent of honours awarded for work in education. He was one of 30 headteachers recommended for an award.

Fast facts about the Queen’s Birthday Honours list:

In total, 1,163 people have received an award.

  • 1,013 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level (295 at BEM, 481 at MBE and 237 at OBE)
  • 70% of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity
  • There are 595 successful women candidates in the list, representing 51% of the total
  • 9% of the successful candidates come from ethnic minority communities, a slight increase on recent lists

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Editor’s Notes

Doha College is one of the oldest British curriculum schools in Qatar providing a world class education for 1800 students, between the ages of 3 and 18, who represent over 75 nationalities.

Established in 1980, the college was proud to celebrate its pearl anniversary in 2010. Originally opened to meet the demand for a British-style education, the institution continues to operate under the sponsorship of the British Embassy on a not-for-profit basis.

The school’s vision is to be one recognized as one of the leading international schools in the world.

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