Moderator hosts dinner for leading Scottish women

Rt Rev Lorna Hood, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, has hosted a dinner for leading Scots of the female gender.

The event, held close to International Women’s Day, was entitled “Monstrous Regiment of Wimmin” in a nod to the famous tract by John Knox, one of the founders of the Presbyterian faith in Scotland.

In 1558 he published “The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regimen (correct) of Women” which railed against women in positions of power.

Mrs Hood, who is the third woman Moderator of the Church of Scotland, paid tribute last night (Tuesday) to her guests who have reached high office in a wide range of fields. The women discussed some of the more amusing and striking obstacles they have faced while observing that the future is much more positive for younger women coming through.

The guests included Margaret Curran, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Johann Lamont, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Lesley Thomson, Solicitor General for Scotland, Professor Alice Brown, Chair of the Scottish Funding Council for higher education who was the first Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Donalda MacKinnon, Head of Programmes and Services at BBC Scotland, Joan Burnie, award winning Scottish journalist, Laura Dunlop QC, Procurator of the Church of Scotland, Alison Elliot and Shelagh Kesting, former Moderators of the Church, Janette Wilson, Solicitor of the Church, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, vice-principal of Edinburgh University and first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Pauline Weibye, Secretary to the Church’s Council of Assembly, Anna Fowlie, CEO Scottish Social Services Council, Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener of Church and Society Council, Margaret Lynch, CEO Citizens Advice Scotland and Maggie Cunningham, a leading figure in Scottish broadcasting and leadership development.

(Photo 3 L-R Back: Anna Fowlie, CEO Scottish Social Services Council, Shelagh Kesting former Moderator, Professor Alice Brown chair of Scottish Funding Council, Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, Alison Elliot former Moderator, Johann Lamont, Leader Scottish Labour Party, Maggie Cunningham leading figure in broadcasting and leadership development, Lesley Thomson Solicitor General for Scotland, Donalda MacKinnon Head of Programmes BBC Scotland, Laura Dunlop QC Church Procurator, L-R Middle Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener Church and Society Council, Janette Wilson Church Solicitor, Pauline Weibye Secretary to the Church Council of Assembly, Rt Rev Lorna Hood Moderator, Seonag MacKinnon Head of Communications, Professor Lesley Yellowlees, first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, L-R Front: Margaret Curran Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Joan Burnie award winning journalist, Margaret Lynch CEO Citizens Advice Scotland)