Scotland: Two outstanding women

Tuesday 7th March 2017
Saltire Society Scotland promotes Outstanding Women

Two women, an academic and a former managing partner of Ryden, the property consultancy and chartered surveyor, have been respectively inducted and appointed to the chair, to be among Scotland’s outstanding women and role models.

Fiona Morton, (left) former managing partner of property consultancy and chartered surveyor Ryden, has been appointed to chair the independent Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew on a non-executive basis.  She succeeds Murray Shaw, who is retiring. The law firm noted it had sought out “broad commercial experience from beyond legal services”.

Professor Dame Sue Black (right) is inducted among ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland.’ University of Dundee’s Professor Dame Sue Black has been named as one of the Saltire Society’s ‘Outstanding Women of Scotland’ for 2017. Professor Black, an internationally renowned forensic anthropologist, is among 10 Scottish women from the fields of the arts, culture, politics, activism and science who will be honoured at a special ceremony at Glasgow Women’s Library on Tuesday, 7th March.

The 2017 inductees join the likes of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, J.K. Rowling and Annie Lennox in the Outstanding Women of Scotland community. Since the initiative was launched in 2015, members of the public have been invited to nominate inspiring women who have made a significant contribution to Scottish culture and society.

Professor Black said, “I am grateful to the Saltire Society for this kind and amazing honour. My fellow inductees have all made exceptional contributions to their individual fields and I am proud to be part of such esteemed company. They, and the nominees from the past two years, are fantastic examples of how Scottish women are making a difference in this country and much further afield.

“For me, this is timely as it comes during the University’s annual Women in Science festival, the only one of its kind in the world. The festival, which I am patron of, celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and aims to encourage more young girls to consider a career in these subjects. For this to happen we need positive role models to show women that they can succeed in traditionally male-dominated industries.”

Professor Black is Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) and co-Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, both based at the University.

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