Chief Executive honoured in UK Association Excellence Awards
Law Society of Scotland Chief Executive Lorna Jack has won national recognition for her leadership skills after impressing judges at the UK Association Excellence Awards.
She was commended for encouraging students as the next generation of solicitors and championing programmes such as Street Law and the new Lawscot Foundation.
Since joining the organisation as Chief Executive in January 2009, Jack has led her team through a programme of modernisation, which has included improved transparency, governance arrangements, business efficiencies and stakeholder outreach.
Her current focus is on aligning the Society’s resources against its five-year strategy ‘Leading Legal Excellence’.
She said: “I was delighted to hear that I had been shortlisted and in such good company. While I genuinely wasn’t expecting to win the Association Excellence Leadership Award, I am thrilled to have been recognised in this way and by such an esteemed panel of judges.
“It is of course a personal honour but it is really an award for the passion and commitment that my colleagues, Board, committee and Council members bring to our organisation. Leadership is easy when we all believe in what we are trying to do.”
More than 320 delegates from a cross-section of UK associations attended the ceremony in London, where BBC’s Louise Minchin revealed the winners across 16 different categories.
The judges also awarded seven Marks of Excellence, which included a Best Association Magazine or Newsletter category – won by the Law Society of Scotland’s monthly member email, Lawscot News.
Jack said: “Lawscot News is the culmination of a lot of hard work from our Comms team, but it is also evidence of the commitment right across the Society to drive meaningful dialogue with our members and provide world class customer service. To be acknowledged in both of these categories is an incredible achievement and means the world.”
Eilidh Wiseman, President of the Law Society of Scotland, said: “I have had the privilege to work alongside Lorna for two years now as an Office Bearer and I never fail to be amazed by the energy, drive and enthusiasm with which she leads her team. I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award and congratulate her on behalf of all her colleagues at Society.”
The Association Excellence Awards are organised by the Global Conference Network (GCN) and recognise and reward individuals, teams and initiatives from associations across the UK, highlighting excellence in how they operate and serve their members.