Anne was the first Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission 2012-2015 and prior to that, she was the first Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland 2006-2011.
As a very effective and well respected ambassador for European science, she has played major roles for UK research councils in the setting of strategic priorities and budgets for science and has been a partner in several European research initiatives.
In 2008 Anne was made a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) and she has worked hard to raise the profile of women in SET to ensure that, not only are women recruited into careers in SET but that they are supported to remain in the profession during their careers.
She was voted No.19 in BBC Woman’s Hour top 100 power list for her work and for her promotion of the communication of science and encouraging women into scientific careers.
In 2009, she was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition of her services to environmental sciences. In 2012 she received the Proctor and Gamble Award for applied microbiology and also received a special recognition award from the Scottish Life Science community.
Anne has received 14 honorary degrees and several honorary fellowships internationally as well as elected fellowships to learned academies.
“Scotland has a global reputation as a nation where social justice, embracing the idea of “the common weal”, are important.
“A key part of this is ensuring that we engage all of our society. Women have a great deal to offer and can bring a variety of valuable inputs at Board level. If we do not ensure we have access to this resource, Scotland is unlikely to thrive in the 21st Century.
“Recent research has indicated that gender equality on Boards makes good business sense.
“In particular women can bring unique qualities and approaches that can improve board dynamics, strategic decision-making and governance in both financial and non-financial areas.
“In addition, visible involvement of women in decision-making at the highest level delivers a strong message for society that Scotland values all of its talent and as well as offering opportunity for our homegrown talent, it displays an attractive opportunity for those who wish to invest in Scotland.”