We are delighted to say that Becci Jefferies, Head of HR and Learning and Development, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her work to transform health and wellbeing services for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Becci has been with the Service for 28 years, first joining in 1993, and has made an enormous contribution in this time. She began her career with Berkshire County Council (Social Services) in 1989 before joining the Service in April 1993. In November 2015 she took on the role of the Head of HR and Learning and Development. In addition, she also completed a MSc in Mental Health Studies (Organisational Psychiatry & Psychology) from King’s College London in 2002.
She has championed mental health provision within the Service, creating a Mental Health Action Plan and pioneering a group of Trauma Support Volunteers, who deliver support sessions to firefighters involved in traumatic incidents, to ensure that mental health is a key priority for everyone in the Service. Her passion and energy has created an environment where mental health is openly discussed without stigma.
Becci has also ensured that we are focused on creating a welcoming, inclusive environment where everyone can thrive through her Equality, Diversity and Inclusion work. She has ensured that these principles are embedded in every aspect of the work we do within the Service so that we can better represent and serve our communities.
Becci said: “I am extremely honoured to receive such a prestigious award and see it as reflection of the hard work, professionalism and contribution made by my team and colleagues in Royal Berkshire and Fire and Rescue Service. I have the absolute privilege of working for a truly fantastic organisation which is committed to making a positive difference to the communities we serve.”
Wayne Bowcock, Chief Fire Officer said: “Becci is a credit to the Service and we’re delighted to see this formally recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. The measures she has actively campaigned for and implemented improve the lives of the Service’s team members and our communities. Becci is an inspirational leader and unsung hero of the Service, putting the needs of colleagues and her community before her own. I’d like to thank her for her continued efforts to support the Service and the communities of Berkshire.”
Councillor Colin Dudley, Chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, said: “I am delighted that Becci has been recognised as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours. She has made an outstanding contribution to the people of Royal Berkshire through her work and she should be deeply proud of her achievements. Congratulations Becci.”