A dental practice manager in Westbury has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the Ministry of Defence in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Jayne Begley, who served in the military for 23 years, said the award has come a big surprise and a bit of a shock.

She said: “I’m still just so shocked that I’ve been given this award, I don’t think I deserve it as I’m just doing my job.”

The Cabinet Office says that Jayne has been recognised for providing “exceptional hands-on service to the military community through her proactive, enthusiastic contributions within Defence Primary Healthcare. 

“She has been an outstanding dental practice manager – such leadership has significantly improved the dental health of patients at Corsham, supporting the outputs of key strategic teams, such as the MoD’s Global Operations Security Control Centre, the Joint Security Coordination Centre, HQ 2 Signals Brigade and Defence Digital.  

“Jayne is an exceptional member of Defence Medical Services. She has shown an outstanding, persistent dedication to public service, her patients and her dental team.” 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Mrs Begley volunteered and ordered personal protective equipment for Ministry of Defence Primary Health Care staff.