Annie Lennox elected to join Royal Society of Edinburgh

The singer was recognised for her musical achievements and 'ardent passion' for environmental issues. 

Annie Lennox announced as The Royal Society of Edinburgh fellow Email

Annie Lennox has been announced as one of 80 new fellows to have been elected to join Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh announced the list on Tuesday, which will see those selected join 1700 other fellows recognised for their work in the arts, business and public sectors. 

The Aberdeen-born singer, who is chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, was recognised for her musical achievements as well as her “ardent passion” for environmental issues. 

She has previously said she inherited her “passion for social activism” from her father’s relatives, who she said were “working-class shipyard workers and socialists”.

Lennox said: “I’m truly humbled and honoured to have been nominated as a fellow of the RSE. 

“Apart from a lifetime of music making, my ardent passion lies with the most crucial issues facing all of humanity at this precarious point in time, namely the sustainability of our precious planet and the actual implementation of human rights and justice, most especially regarding the lives of women and girls in all four corners of the globe.

“My hope has always been to create a positive influence and contribution towards lasting transformative change.”

Other high profile figures honoured as fellows include Professor Mark Logan, co-founder of Ipso-Facto where he is an investment and start-up adviser.

He is also a professor of computing science at the University of Glasgow, and the former chief operating officer of flight booking site, Skyscanner.

With 25 years of senior management experience and award-winning business leadership, he currently leads the Scottish Government’s development programme for Scotland’s high-tech sector.

Prof Logan said: “I am honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the RSE, joining the company of such remarkable people.

“I look forward to working with fellows across a range of sectors, to help establish Scotland as an entrepreneurship global centre of excellence.”

Theresa Shearer, chief executive of Enable Group, which provides community projects, campaigns and education for people with learning disabilities, has also been honoured.

She has previously led a national campaign to deliver the Living Wage to social care employees, is a commissioner on the UK Law Family Commission on Civil Society and is the vice president of Inclusion Europe, advocating to end segregation and institutionalisation of disabled people.

“Working with colleagues in the RSE, I look forward to continuing to influence public policy as we seek to move forward from the pandemic, and lay the foundations for a more resilient, inclusive, and equitable society both in Scotland and globally,” Ms Shearer said.

“We will promote collaboration between public, private and third sectors, underpinned by data and evidence, to empower and enable positive change in Scotland.”

Professor Sir John Ball, president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said: “It is a privilege to be able to welcome our new fellows, and we are inspired by the breadth of talent and experience in our fellowship. 

“Every single individual elected this year has shown exceptional levels of expertise and insight in their chosen field, and their input helps RSE effect real and lasting change in Scotland’s society. 

“We look forward to working with our diverse fellowship who provide a crucial link between the world of academic research and practice with government, business and civil society”.

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