Royal Medal for Academy graduate

Lyme Regis boat builder and Academy graduate Gail McGarva went to Buckingham Palace to collect an award from Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, on 1st May.

Gail received a ‘highly commended’ certificate for the Prince Philip Medal, an international award honouring those who have ‘travelled the City & Guilds path’ and achieved outstanding accomplishments in their chosen field.

Following a successful career as a sign language interpreter, Gail enrolled on the Boat Building Academy’s 38-week course in 2004 wanting to change career. Funded by a City & Guilds bursary, she achieved City & Guilds levels 2 and 3 in boat building, maintenance and support, and began a long relationship with the Academy and Lyme Regis.

After working as an instructor at the BBA she moved on to become an independent boat builder, but has not moved too far – as she now works in a workshop on the academy’s site at Lyme Regis.