MBE for local woman

7 February 2011, 16:06 | Updated: 22 February 2011, 10:28

Kate Page, Chair of NHS Northamptonshire’s Provider Services, has collected her MBE from Buckingham Palace.

Kate, who has been on NHS Northamptonshire’s Non Executive Board since 2006 and Chair of Provider Services since 2009, received the honour in recognition of her services to Social Care, during her time with Milton Keynes Council, and over a career of 40 years in health and social care roles. Kate was presented with the honour at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 27 January 2011.

Kate started her career as a Child Care Officer/Social Worker at West Riding County Council in 1970. She then went on to work as a Senior Social Worker at Wigan Council in 1974 and Residential Social Worker between 1978 and 1983.

Kate joined Milton Keynes Council in 1999 as Corporate Director of Neighbourhood Services and prior to that held senior positions in the Scottish Borders Council (1996 – 1999) and Northamptonshire County Council (1983 – 1996).

On retiring from her role as Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Council in 2009, Kate set up and now runs her own company, Kate Page Consulting.

Kate said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the MBE and I had a fantastic time at the palace. It is a great accolade to get this recognition.

“I have had the good fortune over the years to work with fantastic staff, and to have the support of my family and friends."

John Parkes, Chief Executive of NHS Northamptonshire, said: “On behalf of all her colleagues at NHS Northamptonshire, I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Kate Page for this well deserved recognition of the years of dedication she has shown to health and social care services.”

Cec Tallack, Leader of Milton Keynes Council said: “Kate deserves this.  During her years at Milton Keynes Council she was responsible for leading a team that made improvement to the lives of many people, especially adults who rely upon social care.  She also had many other and varied abilities that she needed during her time as Chief Executive.  She is also a very nice person and was always a delight to work with.”