Rt Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini QC to deliver annual John Wheatley Lecture
Speaker announced for John Wheatley Lecture 2017.
Parkhead Housing Association is delighted to announce that the Rt Honourable Dame Elish Angiolini QC will deliver the 3rd Annual John Wheatley Lecture in October 2017. Dame Elish will follow in the footsteps of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Guardian columnist Owen Jones in delivering the now well-established lecture.
Dame Elish Angiolini grew up in Govan in Glasgow and studied Law at the University of Strathclyde, graduating in 1982. Immediately after graduation, she joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and, following her traineeship, spent eight years as a Depute Procurator Fiscal in Airdrie, prosecuting in Airdrie Sheriff Court.
She was the Lord Advocate of Scotland from 2006 until 2011, having previously been Solicitor General since 2001. She was the first woman, the first Procurator Fiscal, and the first solicitor to hold either post.
A trailblazer and a force for good in her field, Dame Elish was also the first patron of LawWorks Scotland, a charity which helps people who cannot afford legal advice. In February 2012, it was announced that Dame Elish would become Principal of St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, and in 2013, it was also announced that she would replace Robert Smith, Baron Smith of Kelvin, as Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland.
Parkhead Chief Executive Jim Strang said:
“The John Wheatley Lecture is becoming an established event in the civic sector, and we are very lucky and honoured to attract speakers of such calibre as Dame Elish. We are certainly looking forward to hearing her speak in our annual lecture next year.”