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Scotland's Top 50 Influential Women of 2012

 
 
39 Karyn McCluskey, 40 Kate Mavor, 41 Kath Mainland, 42 Andrea Calderwood, 43 Bridget McConnell, 44 Lorraine Kelly, 45 Karen Cargill, 46 Jo Swinson,

 

Karyn McCluskey

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The co-director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit – an initiative she helped found – Karen McClusky is a UK expert on gangs, having cut gang member’ violence in Glasgow by almost half. The forensic psychologist and former nurse’s efforts have been cited by David Cameron in the wake of the London riots and she was instrumental in setting up Medics Against Violence.

Most likely to: Write a Glasgow-based version of The Wire.

 

 

Kate Mavor

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As the CEO for the National Trust for Scotland since 2009, Kate Mavor took the helm at a challenging economic time. The Glasgow native, who studied at Oxford University, is using her past experience as chief executive of youth volunteer programme ProjectScotland and other management roles to increase membership, raise new funds and enhance communication to save at-risk properties.

Most likely to: Have the box set of Country House Rescue.

 

 

Kath Mainland

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As chief executive of the world’s biggest arts festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for three summers now, Kath Mainland, originally from Orkney, oversaw record ticket sales last year after taking over in tough times.

Bet you didn’t know: Once threw actor Christian Slater out from the bar at the Assembly Rooms.

 

 

Andrea Calderwood

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The award-winning film and television producer is the creative head behind Slate Productions, which produced the Last King Of Scotland (for which she won a BAFTA) and BBC’s The Field of Blood. Andrea Calderwood also produced the HBO mini-series Generation Kill.

Watch out for: Her next project, a film version of John Le Carre’s A Most Wanted Man.

 

             

Bridget McConnell

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The wife of former First Minister Jack McConnell, Bridget McConnell played an integral part in securing the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She is Chief Executive of Culture and Sport Glasgow, leading a staff of 2600 with a budget approaching £100m.

Least likely to say: What’s a velodrome?

 

 

Lorraine Kelly

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She is on our television screens every morning as part of her ITV morning show, Lorraine, but Lorraine Kelly, originally from East Kilbride, is also involved in a number of charities. She was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to charity and to the armed forces.

Bet you didn’t know: Kelly came in 8th in an online poll of the world’s hottest women over age 50.

 

 

Karen Cargill

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The Scottish mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill is now a global opera star with an international reputation, having captured audiences with performances with some of the world’s greatest orchestras.

Watch out for: Cargill making her debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York this spring.

 

 

Jo Swinson

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Once the youngest MP in the Commons, Jo Swinson won in East Dunbartonshire in 2005 and 2010. She hit headlines last year when she led the campaign against misleading beauty adverts. She is currently parliamentary private secretary to Vince Cable and deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Least likely to say: “Because I’m worth it.”

 


   

 

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