Gillian Mawdsley is currently a Scottish practising solicitor and is a member of the Law Society of Scotland. Her professional background has included private and public sector work during her legal career which has involved policy work on secondment to the Scottish Government.
She has longstanding interests and experience in legal and medical law that is relevant to this role, and her academic background includes both medical and forensic medicine where she has undertaken a number of talks/presentations.
She has worked on a range of complex medical Fatal Accident Inquiries as a Procurator Fiscal Depute in the Deaths Unit at COPFS, Glasgow.
Her medical interests have continued throughout her professional career with appointments to the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards, NHS Education for Scotland, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
She has experience in university teaching which she undertakes at the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Glasgow, and the Open University as a lecturer and tutor in a range of legal subjects at both under and post graduate, and adult access level. The importance of professional education is an aspect that is shared in common with medical training in that legal ethics and regulation are important for professional practice in both law and medicine.
She also writes on a range of legal topics including her own specific interest in fatal accident inquiries.
The appointment term is for four years, from 1st February 2020 to 31st January 2024.