Leading figures from Academia, Public Service, Business and the Arts have joined Scotland’s National Academy
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) welcomes 66 new Fellows. These new Fellows will help the RSE to continue its work in providing independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership and engage with the public through engaging events.
Among the new Fellows are former Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, who since leaving politics has become a hugely respected advocate for a variety of humanitarian issues and global education; and the US-based philanthropist and former pianist, Carol Colburn Grigor, who has donated more than £30 million to the arts in Scotland and lent her support for a variety of arts campaigns in the UK. Both have been elected as Honorary Fellows.
The RSE, unusual amongst National Academies for its multi-disciplinary approach, continues to strengthen its Fellowship by appointing leading professionals from within the arts, business and public sector as well as within academia. Some of these leading professionals include:
Playwright, Screenwriter and Theatre Director
Harris is arguably Scotland’s leading female playwright, writing for large national companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland, and directing plays for the National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse and Lyceum Theatres. As a screenwriter she has written for BBC1 and Channel Four, most prominently with the hit TV series Spooks.
Director of Design, Jaguar
Ian Callum is one of the world’s leading automotive designers and had been Director of Design at Jaguar since 1999. In 2006 was elected Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts.
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Money
Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Money since 2007. In May 2016 on behalf of the UK Government she published her review of Women in Finance which focuses on progressing gender diversity. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tate.
Professor of Experimental Gravitational Physics, University of Glasgow
Giles Hammond played a pivotal role in the recent detection of gravitational waves from binary black hole mergers, leading the work on noise reduction that was the critical factor in enabling the detection. He is also a founding member of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.
Professor of Criminology, Head of School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Michele Burman is a leading criminologist in Scotland. Her research on young women and violence and on criminal justice responses to rape has had a significant impact on policy, legislation and police and judicial training.