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Brent women recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

PUBLISHED: 16:39 19 June 2017

Georgina Bondzi-Simpson, chair of governors at Kingsbury High School has been awarded an MBE for services to education

Georgina Bondzi-Simpson, chair of governors at Kingsbury High School has been awarded an MBE for services to education

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Three women from Brent including a school governor, a former nurse and a foster carer have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Georgina Bondzi-Simpson, current chair of governors at Kingsbury High School in Princes Avenue, has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to education.

The 54-year-old, who lives in Furness Road, Harlesden, is described as “an inspirational figure in education in Brent.”

A governor at the school when it was judged “inadequate” by Ofsted in 2009, she took on the role of chair of the teaching and learning community bringing about improvements.

She became chair of governors in 2011 as the school was in the process of becoming an academy, bidding and brokering with a private provider to bring sports facilities to the school. The school was judged “good” in 2014.

Foster carer Sonia Evans, 54, from Sylvia Gardens in Wembley, has been recognised with an MBE for services to children and families in Kensington and Chelsea.

She has devoted the last 14 years of her life to caring for vulnerable children and young people.

She has cared for 13 families and their birth families, setting up standards in her home to support young people, and prepare them for independence when they move on from her care.

Also a highly skilled family practitioner, she is currently working to prevent family breakdown at Families Forward.

Uma Fernandes, from Ravenscroft Avenue in Wembley, has been recognised for her voluntary service to community healthcare in Middlesex with a BEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire).

The 69-year-old retired from nursing after 40 years of service and in 2014 was awarded the annual gems long service award to the NHS by Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

With a “dedication to her work that goes far beyond her brief”, Ms Fernandes is a volunteer nurse at the local stroke club, helping to monitor blood pressure, providing support, counselling and nutrition advice and exercise guidance to members during their rehabilitative phase. In 2008 she volunteered as a nurse teaching and supporting others in her field.

She became chair of the scrutiny committee on education for Brent Council in 2005 and in 2014 helped set up the new Michaela Community School in North End Road.

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