Former pupil receives Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Awards.

By Ballyclare High School on 25 June, 2018


Jill Gallard (nee Parkinson) has been awarded a CMG Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George for her services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She has been Director of Human Resources at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since October 2014. She has served in Lisbon, Prague, Madrid, Brussels and a wide range of jobs in London, mainly working on the EU and wider Europe.

Before taking up the role of HR Director, Jill served as British Ambassador to Lisbon from 2011 to 2014. Before that she was Deputy Director of HR in the FCO and Private Secretary to the Permanent Under Secretary. Jill speaks fluent French, Spanish and Portuguese, and operational Czech.