In 2016, Dame Elish Angiolini became the Honorary Patron of Action Against Stalking (AAS). Originally from Govan, Glasgow, she is currently the Principal of St. Hugh's College, University of Oxford.
In her previous role as Head of Policy at the Crown Office in Scotland, Dame Elish helped the department prepare for devolution and was involved in the preparation of the Scotland Act 1998. At the same time, she was also responsible for the department's preparations for the introduction of the Human Rights Act 1998.
With her formidable reputation, it was no surprise that her illustrious career has seen her take on both of the top legal posts in Scotland - Solicitor General from 2001 to 2006 and then, Lord Advocate under two different governments - Labour and SNP. She was also the first female to ever hold these posts.
Dame Elish is the ideal choice for the role of Honorary Patron as she has shown great empathy and interest in improving the support offered to vulnerable victims and witnesses, in particular where children have been involved. She piloted the Victim Liaison scheme which was subsequently extended throughout Scotland.
We greatly believe that Dame Elish's high profile, substantial track record and standing will help us raise greater awareness on stalking and the rights of victims to be treated justly.
Dame Elish's other professional and charity appointments:
Principal of St. Hugh's College, Oxford University
Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland
Patron of LawWorks Scotland, a charity which helps people who cannot afford legal advice
Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde Law School
Member of Terra Firma Chambers
Patron of the Moira Fund, a charity supporting bereaved families of murder victims
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)
Alumnus of the Year by the University of Strathclyde
Honorary degrees of Doctor of Laws from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Aberdeen, The Open University and Stirling University
Special Achievement Award from the International Association of Prosecutors