Well known Oman based British businesswoman Maggie Jeans has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours for services to Anglo-Omani relations.
Maggie Jeans (Nee) James was born in Swindon attending King William Street Church of England Primary and Commonweal Grammar School. She studied drama in Birmingham before teaching English and Drama in Bristol for 16 years at Merrywood Girls' School in Knowle West, whist her late husband Professor Bill Dampier Jeans worked in the Radiology Department at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
The couple relocated to Oman, from Bristol, in January 1990 where Bill helped to establish the Radiology Department at Sultan Qaboos University. Maggie, meanwhile, worked at the University as Education Officer in the College of Medicine, where she set up the Overseas Elective Programme for medical students among other projects. This led to Omani students visiting Swindon and Bristol with the help of the Jean’s contacts. Many of Maggie’s former Omani students are now heading up hospital departments around the Sultanate.
Today Maggie is a prominent figure in Oman running the British Business Forum (BBF) www.bbfoman.org networking group for many years which aims to promote UK-Oman business links. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce benefits from strong links to Oman thanks in part to Maggie’s encouragement. Maggie further dedicates herself to working with Muscat’s diplomatic community supporting successive ambassadors from Britain and around the world.
Maggie is a director of Al Manahil International LLC, a company she established in 1996, which specialises in supplying books and educational materials to the Omani Government and private sector.
Maggie said the honour is a recognition that belongs to the Oman community, thanks to the enormous help she has received from many people to run the BBF and her company.
"Muscat is a very supportive and special place,” she said. “I am delighted to receive this award on behalf of a whole host of people and I am determined to work to reinforce the special relationship that already exists between the Sultanate of Oman and the UK. An honour of this sort comes with obligations to put it to work for the common good which I fully intend to do. I would also like to acknowledge the support of my late husband Bill, in everything I have done, who sadly died in November last year.”