Midlothian resident Michele Marron recently attended a special ceremony to be presented with a British Empire Medal from Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk.
Ms Marron, formerly director of operations at the National Institute for Medical Research, received the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her contribution to Biomedical Services.
Those attending the ceremony heard that Ms Marron was an “unsung heroine” of medical research by providing critical administrative support to literally thousands of scientists over a 26 year period and thereby “underpinning many discoveries beneficial to human health, which might never have happened had she not kept the home fires burning”.
The citation added: “Michele has many strengths which she has utilised in her career and these include, but are not limited to, supporting and encouraging her colleagues in their endeavours whilst helping them to cope with change. Protecting her colleagues by taking the brunt of the concerns of NIMR staff which she did firmly but with good humour. Excellent management of budgets and formidable negotiating skills. She has also made valuable contributions to a host of steering and working groups.
“Michele has also made a significant contribution to the voluntary sector by running training courses for carers and serving as branch treasurer for the Parkinson’s Disease Society. She has also voluntarily provided counselling services for a national charitable organisation.
“Michele has clearly demonstrated a great deal of passion, commitment and contribution to the science community and has also used her strengths, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and compassion in the voluntary sector.”