Cadet Warrant Officer William Peck (seen here on the left of the picture) was one of the nine finalists attending the Cadet Vocational Qualifications Organisation’s Duke of Westminster Award lunch at the Ironmongers’ Hall in the City of London on Wednesday 26th June. The event was presided over by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield Kt DLitt DL.
Following months of waiting, the announcement of the overall winner was made at the prestigious lunch attended by the finalists and their guests as well as a host of VIPs including CVQO Patrons Kate Adie and Lorraine Kelly.
From over 200 initial cadet nominees for the coveted award, 21 were selected to compete in a challenging four-day selection event in the Quantock Hills, Somerset which tested their communication, teamwork and leadership skills through a variety of demanding physical and mental tasks. From that event, just nine were selected as CVQO Duke of Westminster finalists.
Although Will did not win the overall award, he and his fellow finalists will soon be leaving for a three week educational expedition in South Africa where they will undertake an environmental awareness course and a cultural project.
To have been selected as one of the nine finalist was a tremendous achievement, especially as Will was one of only two representatives from school Combined Cadet Force units, the other seven finalists being from the Army Cadet Force, the Air Training Corps and the Sea Cadets which are community-based units where cadets can continue to serve until they reach the age of 21. In addition to being awarded the expedition place all finalists received a Level 3 Certificate in Leadership from the Institute of Leadership and Management, a highly-prized addition to their CVs.
The lunch was followed by a tour of the House of Lords.