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Scotland's Top 50 Influential Women of 2012

 
 
7 Karen H Vousden, 8 JK Rowling, 9 Johann Lamont, 10 Tilda Swinton, 11 Margaret Scott, 12 Lynn Ramsay , 13 Helena Kennedy QC , 14 Annie Lennox

 

Karen H Vousden

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Karen Vousden’s research into the P53 protein has made her a world authority in the battle against cancer and tumour suppression. She is the director of Glasgow’s Beatson Institute for Cancer Research and Professor of Cancer Biology at Glasgow University. Her services to clinical science earned her a CBE in 2010.

Least likely to: Nip outside for a fly fag.

 

 

JK Rowling

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As the force behind the Harry Potter books – the reason why millions of children fell in love with reading – JK Rowling single-handedly revitalised children’s fiction. As the phenomenon continues – with two new themed attractions set to open – Rowling is funding a research clinic into MS and other neurodegenerative diseases to open in Edinburgh next year.

Look out for: Rowling's new project, www.pottermore.com

 

 

Johann Lamont

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She’s the new Scottish Labour Leader tasked with the challenge of revitalising the party in the face of an SNP majority in the wake of last year’s Scottish election. A former teacher from Anderston, Glasgow, Lamont faces a tough fight to make Labour, once again, Scotland’s party of choice. .

Least likely to: Do brunch with Alex Salmond.

 

 

Tilda Swinton

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As one of Scotland’s handful of Oscar-winning stars, Swinton is just as comfortable on the red carpet in Los Angeles as hosting an independent film festival in Nairn, where she lives. With multiple award nominations for her role in We Need To Talk About Kevin, the actress is set for a cracking 2012.

Bet you didn’t know: Swinton was in the same class as Diana, Princess of Wales, at her girls’ school.

 

             

Margaret Scott

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As the lawyer representing some of the most controversial defendants of recent years – including the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi – Margaret (Maggie) Scott is no stranger to the media glare. Outspoken and sometimes rebellious, she views controversial cases as potential catalysts for law development and reform.

Bet you didn’t know: She was born in Nairobi and has lived in squats.

 

 

Lynn Ramsay

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The Glaswegian film director, who found success with acclaimed early movies such as Ratcatcher before going quiet, is back in the limelight with her self-directed and co-written film, We Need To Talk About Kevin. Tipped for an Oscar nomination, 2012 is set to be a big year for Lynn Ramsay.

Most likely to say: “We need to talk about acceptance speeches.”

 

 

Helena Kennedy QC

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As a barrister, broadcaster, patron, social reformer and member of the House of Lords, Helena Kennedy’s influence is widespread. A champion of civil liberties and human rights, this outspoken Glaswegian frequently rebels against the party line. She has worked on some of the most prominent court cases and been an adviser to the Government and other bodies.

Bet you didn’t know: Kennedy is good at rollerblading and was taught by Ruby Wax.

 

 

Annie Lennox

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Arguably the UK’s most successful female solo artist, the Aberdeen-born former Eurhythmics singer with the striking androgynous looks has a global reach thanks to her music and passion for humanitarian causes. Annie Lennox was estimated to have a £30 million fortune in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2010 and her daughter Tali is a catwalk sensation.

Most likely to: Start a mutual appreciation society with Bono and Sir Bob Geldof.

 


   

 

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