Professor Lesley Sawers
Dr Sawers was appointed Equalities and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland in April 2016. She is also Deputy Chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Executive Chair of Genanalytics Ltd. Dr Sawers was previously Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University for Business, Innovation and Enterprise. Over a career spanning 30+ years in the private and public sectors her areas of expertise include Economic Strategy and Policy, Business Performance Improvement, Innovation and Strategic Stakeholder Management.
Dr Sawers completed an independent Review into the Role and Contribution of Women to the Scottish Economy, commissioned by the Scotland Office (UK Government), published in March 2015. Following publication of this work she formed GenAnalytics Ltd, a people science analytics and insights company that works with businesses and organisations to develop and align business performance metrics with diversity and equality strategies.
Dr Sawers was also Chief Executive of Scotland's leading independent economic policy think tank, SCDI, for 5 years. Joining from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce - where she was its first female Chief Executive in its 230 year history. Dr Sawers has also held senior leadership roles in Royal Mail Group, Scottish Power plc., CACI, Management Horizons and VisitScotland.
Previous Non-Executive roles include VisitScotland, Action for Children UK, Commonwealth Youth Trust, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Chair of Business Club Scotland and Chair of the Royal Mail Advisory Board in Scotland.
Dr Sawers has a degree in Political Economy, Glasgow University, a PhD from Stirling University, Honorary Doctorates from Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University. She is also an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.