Gail Hallissey, Facilities Co-ordinator at Imperial College Business School, was awarded an Imperial College Medal at the Postgraduate Graduation Ceremonies on 3 May 2017 in recognition of the outstanding contribution she has made to the life and work of the School over the last 29 years.
The award was presented by Imperial College President, Professor Alice Gast, following a glowing introduction from Professor Nelson Phillips, acting Dean of the Business School.
“Gail quickly became the friendly face of the Imperial College Business School when she joined us 29 years ago. She knew every MBA student by name and was often invited to meet their visiting families,” said Professor Phillips.
“As Facilities Co-ordinator, she is invaluable to staff, students and visitors alike. When a new member of staff arrives, it is Gail who will arrange their computer account and staff card, but – more importantly – she will show them around the School and introduce them to everybody.”
“The personal relationships that she has built up across the Business School have helped immeasurably in solving problems, whether it is liaising with the cleaning or arranging a car park permit for an important visitor. She is always at her desk early in the morning with a smile on her face.”
“Without Gail, the Business School would not run as smoothly, nor be as friendly a place.”
Gail joined the Business School in 1988, when it was still known as the School of Management and based at 52 and 53 Prince’s Gate.
“The staff and student numbers were much smaller then. I have great memories of attending the annual MBA Ball and barbeques overlooking the gardens,” she said.
“I have always really enjoyed working for Imperial College. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some fantastic colleagues, and now have the support of a great manager.”
Gail said she was extremely proud to be honoured with the Imperial College Medal, and that receiving the award at Graduation was “very special” – particularly as the date of the ceremony coincided with her 29th anniversary at the Business School.
“The whole day was magical – I loved Nelson’s speech and the lunch and drinks with my team. The day will always have a special place in my memories of Imperial College.”