IET Fellow Walter Balmford MBE citation

9 February 2018
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Citation by Past IET President Barry Brooks

Walter Balmford featured in the February 2018 edition of Member News. Walter received an MBE for services to training and education and has been involved in the governance and administration of education at all levels. Past IET President, Barry Brooks, has provided the following citation:


Walter Balmford, Fellow of the IET, past-Master Lightmonger, and member of the Engineers, Butchers and Educators Livery Companies, was invested as a MBE by HRH The Prince of Wales for his services to “Training and Education.”


In reply to the Prince when receiving his award, Walter explained that he has been involved in governance and administration for over 65 years at all levels from nursery schools to universities since becoming the Training Adjutant at RAF North Coates, Lincolnshire, where Commonwealth officers were taught Bomb Disposal techniques.


Walter is currently on the Court of City University, represents the Lightmongers for City & Guilds, and is President of Abercorn School which has three sites in London and schools in New York and Houston, Texas.


He is very involved with the promotion of Apprenticeships, chairing the Livery Companies’ Skills Council Management Committee and is on the Board of the Livery Companies’ Apprenticeship Scheme.


Walter spent two years as Director General of the Association of Business Executives, promoting British education in the Far East.  For ten years in the 1990s, he was financial consultant to the London Diocesan Board for schools providing advice to 158 primary and secondary schools in the London Diocese.


Walter is one of the Brothers at Charterhouse, an alms-house dating back to 1611, from where he remains closely involved within the City and Livery Companies.