Three named in Honours List

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Three deserving women from East Dunbartonshire have been named in The Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Maureen McKenna, from Torrance, receivesd an OBE for her services to education in Scotland and Malawi.

Ms McKenna is director of education at Glasgow City Council.

Margaret Devaney, from Kirkintilloch, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary service.

And Susan Brimelow, from Milngavie, has been awarded an OBE for services to patient care.

She is the chief inspector of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.

Maureen McKenna started her career as a mathematics teacher in the former Grampian Region, where she taught in three different secondary schools before moving back to Strathclyde and becoming principal teacher of mathematics and then assistant head teacher at Kilsyth Academy.

She joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education in 2000 and held a number of posts, including national specialist for mathematics and District Inspector for Glasgow and North Ayrshire, before joining Glasgow City Council in December 2007.

Glasgow has around 300 schools, nurseries and services for more than 75,000 children and young people.

During her time in Glasgow there has been a marked improvement in educational attainment with more young people achieving Highers and Advanced Highers.

Exclusions have also reduced by 70 per cent since 2007 and school attendance has increased.

Maureen also works with the education initiative, Malawi Leaders of Learning, which aims to improve learning and teaching in Glasgow and Malawi. Groups of Scottish teachers have taught in schools in Blantyre, Malawi, while Malawian teachers have come to Glasgow.

Maureen said: “This honour recognises the achievements and the dedication of thousands of people who are focused on making Glasgow a city of learning. I’m delighted to receive it and tremendously proud of our schools and nurseries.

“Our projects in Malawi are very close to my heart and I’m very pleased that they are also part of this honour. The commitment that so many of our teachers and our young people have shown towards improving education in Malawi and in Glasgow is inspiring.”