A Sudbury man has been honoured with a best lecturer award, chosen by his pupils.
Reg Thompson was named the best lecturer at Colchester Institute vocational college.
One former pupil of Mr Thompson said: “Reg makes every student feel like they matter. He genuinely cares about each individual.”
The 58-year-old worked in the UK entertainment and film industry for 23 years, holding executive positions at Warner Bros and Film Four.
In 2000 he won the home entertainment “Outstanding Contribution to the Industry” award.
After his daughter died in 2005 he wrote “Dear Charlie”, which was translated into several languages including German and French and went on to become Radio 4 “Book of the Week”.
It was following his daughter’s death he embarked on a new career in teaching.
In 2007 he retrained and has worked in the Creative Media department at Colchester Institute ever since.
“I never wanted to become a teacher,” said Mr Thompson. “After my daughter died I had no choice but to change.
“My mother persuaded me to train to become a teacher. I am very grateful to her and I don’t regret it although it is hard work.”
Mr Thompson said he enjoyed both professions, but admitted the film industry had been better paid.”
He said the award had been a complete surprise.
“It was totally unexpected and a great honour as it was voted for by the students.
“To be able to help young people seems to me to be better than most things.
“Media has a bad name because people think it’s easy or a cop out. Without media there would be no news, no stories, no entertainment, no internet, no Facebook.”