Missenden Abbey Conference Centre plays host to The Earl of Wessex

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His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, was a guest at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, a partner of Buckinghamshire New University, when he chaired the annual meeting of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s International Council at the venue.

The Earl of Wessex with apprentices at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre and General Manager Eva Neupauer-Jones (third left). Picture by Adel Hannah, of Studio 67.

We value our work as a venue for training and also our work with young people, and this represented a wonderful opportunity for our apprentices to meet a distinguished figure.

His Royal Highness, The Earl of Wessex, was a guest at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre when he chaired the annual meeting of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s International Council at the venue.

The Royal visitor was chairing the two-day governance meeting at the conference centre in London Road, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, a partner of Buckinghamshire New University, when he took time out of his busy schedule to meet with young apprentices working at the Abbey.

The International Council is a governance body of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and is made up of representatives from the four world regions, Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, and Europe and the Mediterranean and Arab States (EMAS).

Eva Neupauer-Jones, General Manager of Missenden Abbey Conference Centre, said: “It was a great honour and pleasure to host The Earl of Wessex and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.

“We value our work as a venue for training and also our work with young people, and this represented a wonderful opportunity for our apprentices to meet a distinguished figure. It was inspirational for them.

“Apprentices at Missenden Abbey carry out training with Aylesbury College in a link-up also involving Bucks New University, so we feel we are developing people to gain both vocational qualifications and experience in the workplace."

Apprentices Eloise Chatwin, Alyssa Gallinero, Emma Quarmby, Abby Taylor and Dan Taylor met His Royal Highness, as did Mrs Neupauer-Jones and Bethany Underwood, 16, who works as part of the food and beverage staff at Missenden Abbey Conference Centre and has herself achieved a Gold Award with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The apprentices also met Peter Westgarth, the Chief Executive of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in the UK.

A representative of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation said: “Missenden Abbey is a fantastic venue for hosting meetings such as that of our International Council and I cannot fault the first-class, professional services and facilities provided by the centre. We would not hesitate to recommend Missenden Abbey Conference Centre.”

Editor’s notes

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation promotes and manages The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award worldwide.

Over the past 50 years more than eight million young people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories.

The Award is available to young people aged 14-24 and is the world’s leading youth development programme. For more information please visit http://www.intaward.org.

Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.

The University has a state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway, which comprises a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms. It also offers a growing provision of student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a thriving base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.

Its alumni include television star Noel Fielding and London 2012 Paralympic and Olympic medallists Naomi Riches and Chloe Rogers, and it has bestowed honorary degrees on well-known figures including Fern Britton, Terry Wogan and England Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio.

Website: bucks.ac.uk

For further information, details and images contact Dean Valler, Communications Officer at Buckinghamshire New University, on 01494 601 636 or 07920 212 937 or email dean.valler(at)bucks(dot)ac.uk.

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