David Ball of Sir George Monoux College was announced as winner yesterday

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: David Ball and his team celebrate the award. David Ball and his team celebrate the award.

A vice principal at a Walthamstow college has been named the best boss in London.

David Ball, vice principal at Sir George Monoux College in Chingford Road, was announced as the award winner yesterday after his team nominated him.

Judges for the 2013 Reed Manager of the Year competition recognised his 'solutions-focused approach' and ability to 'empower' his team.

Mr Ball, who has been at the school for six-and-a-half years, said he was delighted to have been put forward by those who work for him.

“However, a team leader is only as good as the people around them and I’m lucky to be supported by fantastic and hard-working colleagues at Sir George Monoux College,” the 47-year-old father-of-two said.

“I’m really proud, it’s a wonderful achievement and I love working at this college.

“My philosophy has always been to empower and develop the managers who work for me and this always pays dividends for the college.”

He was chosen ahead of hundreds of bosses from across the UK.

Hussa Al-Mima Ali, who nominated him on behalf of the team, said: “David’s philosophy is to trust his team to perform, but he is always there to provide support and guidance.”

Toby Grainger, vice chair of the corporation at Sir George Monoux College said "I am delighted that David has been recognised as London's best boss.  David sets very high expectations and his leadership is a testimony to our College's successes, its inspirational culture and its student-centred ethos."

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