Sally Powling (87/94) awarded MBE

Many congratulations to Sally Powling, nee Dix (87/94) who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2014 and received her award from the Princess Royal at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 13th February.

After leaving Dauntsey’s, Sally spent three years at Loughborough gaining a BA, a year at Cambridge for a PGCE and a year at RMA, Sandhurst. She was commissioned on 6th August 1999, and took up a position as army Captain in the Adjutant Generals’ Corps (AGC).

Sally, who is now a Major in the AGC (Education and Training branch), received her award for devising and establishing a “virtual learning environment” (V.L.E.) at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, during a recent two year posting there, as well as establishing and launching a secure website for officer cadet entrees. The award was all the more praiseworthy as this task was conducted concurrently with her normal exacting duties of delivering training services to the army as a whole and carrying out staff tasks at Sandhurst.

The citation refers to Sally’s sheer doggedness and determination in undertaking this task and to her positive, cheerful and optimistic approach in all her dealings with her colleagues, despite considerable scepticism and opposition from some quarters; another comment referred to her refusal to accept standards which were short of the best.