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Honours for Old Girls

Monday, 13 June 2016

Two Old Girls are among those who have been recognised in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list, and another has received the Silver Fish Award: Girlguiding’s highest award for volunteers.

The Honours list, which was published on Friday on the occasion of the Queen’s 90th birthday, recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the United Kingdom. In total 1,149 people received an award.

Old Girl Janet Woods, director of Secondary Academies (North), United Learning Trust, was awarded a CBE for her services to Education. She has a distinguished career as a head teacher and school improvement professional and in her current position is part of the senior team leading the development of educational support across United Learning’s northern secondary academies. In her career, she has also led work on the National College of School Leadership in the North and played a crucial role in leading the Greater Manchester Challenge, a government school improving initiative successful across all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester. She was one of 109 recipients who were recognised for their contributions to education, children’s services, equality and diversity, eight of whom were awarded with CBEs.

Caroline Plumb, the founder and Executive Chair of FreshMinds, was awarded an OBE for her services to Business and Charity. Caroline is passionate about inspiring other entrepreneurs, and has in the past returned to Bolton School to talk to pupils about her experiences starting her own company. In addition, she is one of the UK Government’s Business Ambassadors and helps to promote British businesses internationally, and has been a member of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Regional Growth Fund, sat on the Board for the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, and advised the Said Business School.

In addition to these inclusions on the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list, at the end of May fellow Old Girl Nicola Grinstead was awarded with the Silver Fish Award: Girlguiding’s highest award for volunteers. The Silver Fish is given in recognition of outstanding and distinguished service and an exceptional contribution to Girlguiding. Nicola, who is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) in addition to working as Director of Operational Performance for Imperial College Healthcare Trust, was surprised and delighted to receive this very special award.

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Caroline Plumb OBE (centre) with Girls

Caroline Plumb OBE (centre) with Girls' Division pupils at a careers event in School

Nicola Grinstead has been awarded The Silver Fish award

Nicola Grinstead has been awarded The Silver Fish award