A Lifetime Achievement


During the conference, we were honoured to present our retiring President, the remarkable Ron Glatter, with the very first BELMAS Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron’s contributions to education, leadership and management are both extensive and extraordinary, as is his dedication to BELMAS. As one of the 14 people to attend the first BELMAS meeting in January 1971(when it was known as simply, BEAS – the British Educational Administration Society), Ron has been aleading member of the Society since its earliest beginnings. Not only has he been an active member of the Council for many years, he was also the founding Secretary, Vice-Chair and then, from 1982 -1984, he was Chair. In 1999, he became Vice President, and went on to receive the Distinguished Service Award in 2007, before becoming the President of the Society in 2013.
This year’s conference marked the end of Ron’s six-year term as BELMAS President, and we can’t thank him enough for being the most inspirational yet humble leader. As Tim Simkins expressed so perfectly as he presented Ron with the award, ‘Nobody has given more to the Society, more consistently, and over a longer period of time, as Ron has.’
Of course, as Tim also said in his presentation, we don’t just hand out a Lifetime Achievement Award simply for being a long-standing, good servant of BELMAS. Ron has long been an inspiration in his field. He was Professor of Educational Administration and Management at The Open University for over 25 years, following a Readership at the London Institute of Education, where he was also a Visiting Professor and a member of the Council.
In addition to this, Ron has been a Governor of 24 different organisations, including primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities, and for organisations such as The Advisory Centre for Education. Despite retiring from the Open University over 15 years ago, Ron is still very active in the sector. Just recently, he wrote a thought-provoking overview paper on England for the BELMAS UK Review, which you can read here

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On Ron’s career, Tim Simkins said, ‘Ron’s contribution to our field has been enormous. For me, perhaps the most important characteristic of his work and indeed of his general contribution to the discourse of our field is his ability to catch the policy moment and to encapsulate the key ideas, challenges andconflicts that it embodies. He has done this regularly over the whole of his career. That’s why, in my mind, he’s one of the go-to people to provide critical and thought-provoking summaries to conferences of all kinds.’
Tim went on to describe Ron as ‘one of the nicest and the wisest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with’, and we couldn’t agree more. There is no one more worthy of this award, and we couldn’t be happier to have presented it to him.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Ron for his invaluable contributions to BELMAS and to education as a whole. Without him, BELMAS would not be what it is today and for that, we offer him our sincerest gratitude. Ron will continue to support the governance of the Society as Immediate Past President.
You can watch Prof Tim Simkins' presentation of the award and Ron’s characteristically thoughtful and entertaining acceptance speech below (trust us, it’s well worth the watch!). 

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