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Scotland's Top 50 Influential Women of 2012

 
 
31 Jackie Killeen, 32 Vicky Featherstone, 33 Sue Bruce, 34 Amanda McMillan, 35 Lynn Henderson, 36 Angela Constance, 37 Mona Siddiqui, 38 Linda Urquhart,

 

Jackie Killeen

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As the Scotland director for the Big Lottery Fund since last May, Killeen has one of the most important jobs in the voluntary sector, having responsibility for development of fund policy and distribution of cash to charities, helping people in need, and engaging with the Scottish Government.

Most likely to say: “Life is a lottery.”

 

 

Vicky Featherstone

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The brains behind the National Theatre of Scotland, Featherstone, as founding artistic director and chief executive, is responsible for not only directing a raft of productions herself, but also for ensuring the company has a high national profile for its productions and reaches as wide an audience as possible.

Watch out for: An exciting programme for 2012 that sees the return of Alan Cumming in a new take on Macbeth.

 

 

Sue Bruce

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The chief executive of City of Edinburgh Council for a year, she’s one of the few officials to emerge from the city’s trams fiasco with any credibility. Responsible for managing the second-largest council in Scotland, Bruce is accountable for the work of 17,000 staff.

Route to the top: Bruce has been in local government since 1976 and was formerly chief executive of Aberdeen City Council.

 

 

Amanda McMillan

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As managing director for Glasgow Airport, McMillan has steered the airport through a turbulent period, winning the support of business leaders in the city, defying expectations by returning the airport to growth this year thanks to new flight destinations – and making our holiday choices better in the process.

Most likely to say: “We’ve reached our cruising altitude now.”

 

             

Lynn Henderson

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As the Scottish Secretary for the Public and Commercial Services Union, one of the largest trade unions in the UK, Henderson has a key political role and leads more than 33,000 workers in the campaign against pension cuts.

Most likely to say: “All for one and one for all.”

 

 

Angela Constance

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The MSP for the Almond Valley constituency (formerly Livingston) since 2007, Constance – a former social worker and mental health officer – is now the Minister for Youth Employment, overseeing a £30m budget to tackle the problem of jobless people aged 16 to 24.

Bet you didn’t know: Constance claims to have been a nationalist since she was in primary 4.

 

 

Mona Siddiqui

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Having taught at Glasgow University for 15 years, and acted as the director of its Centre for the Study of Islam, Siddiqui has taken a new role as the first Muslim professor at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Divinity. As professor of Islamic and inter-religious studies, Siddiqui continues to further inter-faith understanding through her regular Thought for the Day slot on Radio 4.

Watch out for: Siddiqui to host an event in May on religious freedoms with guest speakers from around the world.

 

 

Linda Urquhart

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The first female chair of Investors in People Scotland, Urquhart is also chair of Morton Fraser solicitors. An award-winning businesswoman, she was formerly the first woman to be chair of CBI Scotland and the first woman to become a managing partner in a Scottish law firm, earning her the nickname “first lady of law”. Her work earned her an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Most likely to: Hold her own in the board room.

 


   

 

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