MDDUS appoints former lord advocate to board

THE Board of MDDUS has agreed to appoint Dame Elish Angiolini QC as a non-executive director with a view to her taking up her appointment in the Spring.

Her appointment further broadens the range of expertise available to the Union. The former Lord Advocate and Solicitor General of Scotland will bring considerable knowledge and experience to MDDUS and will play an important role in strategic development at the organisation.

Professor Gordon Dickson, chief executive, said: "I am delighted that Dame Elish will be joining the Board. She brings a wealth of experience that will contribute enormously to the Board’s work as the Union continues to grow and develop."

With almost 30 years’ experience in the profession, Dame Elish is one of the most high profile and influential figures in the UK legal world.

She was the first woman, the first procurator fiscal and the first solicitor to hold either of the posts of Lord Advocate and Solicitor General. She served as a procurator fiscal in Airdrie and Glasgow for several years and held senior posts at the Crown Office, which oversees Scotland’s prosecution service. She also advised the Westminster government on the implementation of the European convention on human rights as well as other policies and legislation relating to the Scottish criminal justice system.

Dame Elish said: "I am honoured to be asked to serve on the board of MDDUS and I look forward to working with my distinguished new colleagues in a very dynamic and interesting field."