We are pleased to announce our panel of judges, who have the unenviable task of deciding the winners from each category.
Lesley Riddoch is one of Scotland’s best known commentators and broadcasters. She was assistant editor of The Scotsman in the 1990s (and editor of the Scotswoman in 1995 when female staff wrote, edited and produced the paper) & contributing editor of the Sunday Herald. She is best known for broadcasting with programmes on BBC2, Channel 4, Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland, for which she has won two Sony speech broadcaster awards.
Lesley runs her own independent radio and podcast company, Feisty Ltd which produces a popular weekly podcast and was a member of the 3 year EU-funded Equimar marine energy project. Lesley is a weekly columnist for the Scotsman and Sunday Post and a regular contributor to the Guardian, Scotland Tonight and Newsnight Scotland. Lesley is Director of Nordic Horizons, a policy group which exchanges expertise between the Nordic nations and Scotland and is completing a PhD supervised by Oslo and Strathclyde Universities. She founded the charity Africawoman and the feminist magazine Harpies and Quines and was a member of the Isle of Eigg Trust, which led to the successful community buyout in 1997. She wrote Riddoch on the Outer Hebrides in 2007 and has just published her latest book Blossom – what Scotland needs to Flourish with Luath. Her website is www.lesleyriddoch.com and her blog is Another Side of Lesley Riddochwww.lesleyriddoch.co.uk
Helen Russell is a Depute Lord Lieutenant of Lanarkshire, the first journalist to be honoured with this role. She worked for over 30 years as a journalist in provincial newspapers and in public relations before retiring from Wishaw Press in 2007, although she still continues to carry out freelance work. Her writing included human interest features, business features, court and local government, theatre and the arts.Helen has been a member of the National Union of Journalists for 36 years, becoming a life member in 2007.She was awarded the Union’s gold medal in 2002 in recognition of her service to the NUJ, especially noted that she refused to break the Code of Conduct despite pressure from employers.Her voluntary work currently involves serving as company secretary on the Board of Wishaw and District Housing Association, secretary of Shotts Highland Games Association, and as secretary of the Twinning Association for the twin towns of North Lanarkshire and Schweinfurt in Bavaria, Germany.
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Hailed by the Sunday Herald as ‘Scotland’s main public intellectual’ , Gerry has written and edited a dozen books in the last decade on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, in-depth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future. Gerry’s activities include facilitating events, discussions and conversations which bring people together in Scotland and across the world.
Sheena Campbell has been Manager of Rape Crisis Scotland since July of this year. Prior to her involvement with Rape Crisis Scotland, Sheena had worked for seven years with North Ayrshire Women’s Aid, initially as Training and Development Worker and for the latter four years as their Business Manager. For two years Sheena chaired the North Ayrshire Violence against Women Partnership and led on the launch of White Ribbon in the area.
Earlier in Sheena’s career she worked for the Scottish Health Service. During this time she was a trade union activist and Equal Opportunities Officer for the Glasgow Health branch of NALGO, being elected for two years to the Scottish Equal Opportunities Committee
Lily Greenan was appointed manager of Scottish Women’s Aid in 2006. Lily has been active in work to challenge violence against women for almost 30 years. She worked for Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, as an unpaid support worker and as a development worker, between 1981 and 1999. As chair of the Promoting Women’s Safety working group of Edinburgh Community Safety Partnership, she played a key role in the development of Edinburgh’s first multi-agency strategy to tackle violence against women.
She moved to NHS Lanarkshire in 1999 where she established the EVA Project (now known as EVA Services), and managed a multidisciplinary team delivering counselling, clinical psychology and advocacy services to women with experience of violence and abuse. As a member of the North Lanarkshire Domestic Abuse Working Group she supported the development and early implementation of the first pilot Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) in Scotland.
She is the author of Violence Against Women: a literature review, published by the Scottish Executive in 2005.
Jenny Kemp joined Zero Tolerance in October 2007 in an education role, and from July 2008 to March 2011 she worked to develop and co-ordinate the VAW Prevention Network and to develop new approaches to preventing violence. Since April 2011 she has held the post of Coordinator, managing the staff team, overseeing all project work and leading on the organisation’s policy and media work. Prior to joining Zero Tolerance Jenny worked for the Equal Opportunities Commission, an education funding agency and a health charity.