A FORMER head girl at a school in Taunton has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours.

Mary Jones, who studied at Queen's College, was recognised for her work in the Cabinet Office.

She is the deputy director of home affairs and EU exit in the Cabinet Office.

Ms Jones, who comes from Nynehead, left Queen's College in 2005.

She studied history, maths, French, and English literature before studying law with French law at Oxford University.

Ms Jones joined the civil service in the Ministry of Justice after graduating in 2009. She then spent time in the Ministerial offices ahead of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

Somerset County Gazette: Mary Jones OBE

This led to Mary joining the Cabinet Office, where she spent nearly four years managing Government decision making on home affairs, Brexit, the Union and Northern Ireland.

Mary’s OBE was awarded in particular for setting up intensive decision making structures in the run-up to various Brexit deadlines and a possible ‘no deal’.

Mary has recently moved to a new role in the Business and Health departments, creating opportunities for the UK’s life sciences industry to contribute to our economic and health recovery.