West Notts’ Dame Asha picks up top award from David Cameron

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Principal of West Notts College, Dame Asha Khemka, has received a prestigious award from Prime Minister David Cameron.

Dame Asha was named ‘Woman of the Year’ at the GG2 Leadership Awards 2014 for her outstanding work and commitment to improving and providing a fair education for all.

Mr Cameron presented her with the acclaimed accolade at a glittering gala event at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel, London.

Dame Asha said: “It is deeply humbling and a true honour to receive this prestigious award in the company of so many other high-achieving Asians.

“The UK has given me life-enhancing opportunities that helped me discover my strengths and fulfil my dreams; it is the Indian spirit of entrepreneurialism and determination that has enabled me to turn those strengths and dreams into a successful career in education.

“I have dedicated a lifetime to inspiring and encouraging young people to succeed and realise their true potential; I feel a deep sense of responsibility to give something back to the country that has done so much for me.

“I dedicate this award to the hundreds of young people I see every single day and will continue to nurture their amazing potential with the same hunger and determination as ever.”

Kalpesh Solanki, group managing editor at AMG, said: “The GG2 Leadership Awards recognise and celebrate achievement of exceptional individuals who have excelled and broken through barriers. Their triumph through adversity makes them remarkable people who deserve to be recognised.”