Amadou Bah, second year Business National Diploma student at Nescot has been elected chairman of the National Learner Panel which provides learner views to inform government policy - and within ten minutes of his election he was welcoming Lord Young, Minister for Students, to his first full panel meeting.
Amadou began by explaining the role of the NLP to the Minister and outlined the close and effective working relationship that exists between the body and policy makers.
Lord Young paid tribute to the diversity of the panel and urged them to carry on the challenging work they have been doing.
I asked Amadou how he found his first experience of chairing a full NLP meeting.
'I made sure that Lord Young had time to reply and that everyone had a chance to contribute' he said. 'Lord Young has promised to let us have full replies to some of our questions before our next meeting in January.'
As we break for Christmas I asked him what he would be doing during the holiday - 'getting ahead with my next assignment' he told me ruefully, because Amadou is already aware that preparation is the key to success.