Education Scotland is delighted to announce that Strategic Director Maria Walker has been rewarded with an OBE for her services to education.
Maria Walker took up her post as Strategic Director for Regional Improvement in late August 2018.
The post has a focus on supporting Regional Improvement Collaboratives and in developing a regional approach to the work of Education Scotland, including the support to local authorities.
Maria's previous role was as Director of Education and Children's Services in Aberdeenshire, and she has held a variety of senior roles in education and community learning and development across Scotland.
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector for Education in Scotland, Gayle Gorman, said: "This is a fantastic recognition for Maria's dedication and service to the sector. I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Maria over the years, and have seen first-hand her dedication to children and young people.
"This honour is well deserved and recognises her years of service to education. All at Education Scotland send their best wishes and congratulations."
Maria Walker said: "It was a huge surprise - and honour - to be informed that I had been nominated.
"I have been privileged to have a career enriched by working alongside dedicated professionals, in Aberdeenshire and beyond, committed to delivering the best education and facilities possible for our young people and communities.
"This recognition of service is as much for everyone I have worked with over the past years as it is for any part I have played in helping others fulfil their potential."
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