MBE for King’s Training director

Samantha Whay-Jenkins, director of King’s Training Panama (part of the King’s Group) has picked up an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her work in promoting British business in the region.

MBE for King’s Training director
The director of King’s Training Panama, Samantha Whay-Jenkins, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to education and to the promotion of British business.King’s Training is part of the King’s Group, which includes ten King’s Colleges across the world and King’s College International which runs summer camps and academic year abroad programmes. Ms Whay-Jenkins role sees her responsible for all aspects of internal training and the growth of the external consulting business.

Founding a British school in Clayton 

With over 25 years of experience working in education, she arrived in Panama in May 2012 to support the King's College Panama project by establishing a British school in Clayton. This project, led by her sister Vanessa Whay, has grown now to become one of the most prestigious schools in the country, with 360 students from ages 3 to 16 years old.“I am extremely honoured and thrilled to receive an MBE from the Queen in recognition of my part in establishing a British school here in Panama and promoting British Business in my role in the Chamber of Commerce,” said Ms Whay-Jenkins. “Much of the credit for this goes to my colleagues, my friends and family who have supported and helped me to achieve my objectives and therefore also this recognition.”

Work with the British Chamber of Commerce

In addition to her work for King’s Group, Ms. Whay-Jenkins has also been a member of the board of directors of the British Chamber of Commerce in Panama for 5 years, and was its president from 2016 to 2018. In this capacity she managed to increase the number of companies involved, improve the services offered and participate in important initiatives on illicit trade and transparency in government bids.
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Founder and president of King’s Group, Sir Roger Fry explained how proud the Group are that Ms Whay-Jenkins work has been recognised by the Queen.“King’s College Panama brought British education to Panama for the first time. It has also worked with the Ministry of Education (MEDUCA) to train Panamanian teachers. Samantha Whay-Jenkins has created and delivered these training programmes with highly successful results.”For more education and schools news, visit our Education & Schools hub.Relocate’s new Global Mobility Toolkit provides free information, practical advice and support for HR, global mobility managers and global teams operating overseas.Global Mobility Toolkit download factsheets resource centreAccess hundreds of global services and suppliers in our Online DirectoryClick to get to the Relocate Global Online Directory 

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