Four distinguished members of the Trinity community were presented with Honorary Awards by Trinity chairman Sir Keith Stuart and life president The Lord Geddes on 4 December 2014.
The recipients – Raffaele Nasti, Antonietta D’Introno, Pete Wild and B M Mohammed Ali – were welcomed to the ceremony by chief executive Sarah Kemp who also read the citations.
The presentation was followed by a performance of arias from Puccini’s Turandot by pianist Richard Peirson and tenor Nicky Spence and a celebratory luncheon.
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Raffaele Nasti holds a degree in English language and literature and has been a teacher of English in a variety of state schools in Italy. He opened his first language school in Italy in the 1980s and registered it as a Trinity centre. In 1996 he was nominated area manager for Campania and Calabria and a year later for Sicily and Sardinia too. Raffaele has made a great contribution to the Italian team in the 18 years of his career and is still acting as a model and a mentor to the newer members.
Antonietta D’Introno started teaching when she was still in her twenties and since then she has taught in many schools in Puglia. She founded the Centro di Lettura Globeglotter in the 1980s and registered it as a Trinity centre. Her career with Trinity as an area manager started in 1996, with three regions - Puglia, Abruzzo and Molise. The total number of candidates was then under 500. Now there are about 20,000. In the last 10 years Antonietta has played a key role in the development of our PON strategy and, as a result the Trinity GESE exam is now one of the most widely chosen exams in these European funded projects.
Peter Wild studied at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, England, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His work as an accompanist played an important part in his early career and, for a number of years Peter was involved with many aspects of choral music. These days he tours the world as an examiner and adjudicator and finds time to enjoy solo, accompaniment and chamber music work. Peter has been pivotal in the success of Trinity’s 2015 piano syllabus, the reception of which has been so positive that it is testament to his expertise, diligence and creativity. Peter is also integral to Trinity’s music theory exams and the training and standardisation of the examiner panel.
B M Mohammed Ali has worked in the publishing industry for forty years, and holds a postgraduate degree in commerce from the University of Calicut and a postgraduate diploma in marketing management from the University of Madras. He joined Orient Blackswan in 1974 as a management trainee before taking charge in 1985 as its Regional Manager until 2000, when he was appointed Vice President ELT. In 2004 he was given responsibility for the Examinations Division of Orient Blackswan in India and, in 2008 he initiated the creation of the India Panel of Examiners for GESE. In 2011, he was appointed President, Examinations Division. He was also part of the team behind the CBSE successful bid which now reaches over 30,000 teachers and 2,000,000 children across India a year.
Pictured (left to right): Raffaele Nasti, Antonietta D’Introno, B M Mohammed Ali, Peter Wild.