North Somerset Council officer awarded MBE

A senior council officer has been awarded an MBE for services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Gail Webb, interim head of school improvement at North Somerset Council, has been honoured after a distinguished career spanning over 40 years.

Commenting on her MBE, Ms Webb 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.”

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

Ms Webb spent the first 20 years of her career teaching in the Merseyside area, working her way up to a headteacher. In 1998 she became primary school advisor for Halton Borough Council, and later returned to the Wirral as senior inspector for primary education.

In 2006, she became director of learning and teaching for England before returning to the north as head of school improvement in Oldham. After a spell as head of school improvement in Leeds, Ms Webb retired in 2015.

After taking a term off, she decided to set up her own business in 2015 as an education consultant, and agreed to take the post of interim head of school improvement at North Somerset Council for two terms.

Two years later, Ms Webb is still enjoying her role at the council.

Sheila Smith, director of people and communities at North Somerset Council, congratulated Ms Webb on her MBE.

She 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.”