Council’s head of education awarded MBE to recognise 40-year career

PUBLISHED: 17:00 21 June 2017

nterim head of school improvement at North Somerset Council Gail Webb, who has been awarded an MBE.

nterim head of school improvement at North Somerset Council Gail Webb, who has been awarded an MBE.


A North Somerset Council employee has been awarded an MBE to recognise her 40-year career in education.

Interim head of school improvement at the council, Gail Webb, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to recognise her career.

Gail spent the first 20 years of her career teaching in the Merseyside area, working her way up to a headteacher. She then went on to work as a primary school advisor for Halton Borough Council and in 2006 became director of learning and teaching for England as part of a national scheme.

Gail retired in 2015 but after a brief time off set up her own business as an education consultant and agreed to take on the post of interim head of school improvement for North Somerset Council, a role she is still enjoying two years later.

Gail said: “It was such a surprise when I found out. I had no idea. When I read it I was overwhelmed as it is such an honour to be recognised for a career I have loved. I feel I have made a difference to the lives of children and this has been acknowledges at the highest level.”

Sheila Smith, director of people and communities at the council added: “We are delighted that Gail’s commitment to improving the quality of education for children has been recognised. Gail joined our team in 2015 and we are pleased that she is able to share her expertise with our schools in North Somerset. Congratulations Gail on your MBE.”

Gail will travel to Buckingham Palace in London in the next seven months to receive her MBE from the Queen.

MORE: Weston College principal Paul Phillips to be awarded CBE.

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