Annette Bruton named Honorary Ambassador of Edinburgh College

Former Principal Annette Bruton was named an Honorary Ambassador of Edinburgh College at the biggest celebration on the college calendar this week.

Annette, who retired from the college in August this year, attended the ceremony at the Usher Hall alongside hundreds of staff, students and their loved ones to receive her award and to accept her new honorary role.

The ambassadorship award to Annette comes at the end of a 40-year-long career dedicated to the education sector and to supporting young people across Scotland – the last three of which she spent as Principal of the College.

Throughout her career, she influenced the lives of many thousands of young people, students, colleagues and peers. After joining Edinburgh College in 2015 she pioneered and led transformative changes to improve services and increase opportunities for students.

Beginning her career as a Geography teacher in Dundee, Annette went on to work in a number of local authority and government roles including chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, playing a key part in ensuring the quality of children’s education and services, before becoming Principal of the College.

Annette was presented her ambassador award on stage by new Principal Audrey Cumberford.

Audrey said: “I was delighted and honoured to present Annette with this award. Her dedication to improving the opportunities for young people through education – not just at this College, but throughout her career across the country – is truly inspiring.

“Annette was an incredible Principal at this College and I know I speak for all staff and students in wishing her a lovely retirement.”