Local women named in New Year Honours

Susan Jean-Stewart Brimelow OBE
Susan Jean-Stewart Brimelow OBE

Three very deserving women from East Dunbartonshire have received awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Susan Brimelow, from Milngavie, has been awarded an OBE for services to patient care. She is currently the chief inspector of the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate.

Maureen McKenna, from Torrance, receives an OBE for her services to education in Scotland and Malawi. She is director of education at Glasgow City Council.

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

Mrs Brimelow became a nurse in 1975 and then obtained an MSc in nursing and health studies at Edinburgh University. She was clinical nurse manager at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, held assistant and deputy director posts at Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary and Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, and did a secondment with the Scottish Office as Edinburgh nursing officer.

Susan was also director of nursing and quality at Stobhill Hospital NHS Trust, deputy director of nursing for North Glasgow University Hospitals NHS Trust and a manager in the Independent Healthcare Division with the Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care .

She then became director of healthcare regulation with the Scottish Commission for Regulation of Care.

Mrs Brimelow has now been appointed to the board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and will be leaving the role of chief inspector at the end of March .

She said: “It’s a fantastic honour to receive this recognition for my work in helping to improve patient care and it came as a great surprise.

“When I started out as a nurse in 1975 all I wanted to do was to make a difference to patients. I never thought that my career would result in an OBE.

“I’m grateful to all the colleagues over the years who have supported me, and my friends and family who have understood my passion to improve care for patients.

“I look forward to being able to continue making a difference when I join the board for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde in April of this year.

“Moreover, I look forward to seeing even more improvements in safety and cleanliness of hospitals.”

Maureen Mckenna, started her career as a maths teacher and held a number of posts with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education before joining Glasgow City Council in 2007.

During her time in Glasgow there has been an improvement in educational attainment and attendance and a reduction in exclusions.

Maureen also works with education initiative, Malawi Leaders of Learning, which aims to improve learning and teaching in Glasgow and Malawi. She 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.”