Issue date: 05 November 2003

ISSUE DATE: 05/11/03

The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Carolyn Kirby at the award ceremony of the Faculty of Law on 7 November at 6.00pm in Bristol Cathedral. The honorary degree is awarded in recognition of Carolyn Kirby’s achievements, in particular her promotion of equality and diversity as the first woman president of the Law Society, which reflects values consistent with those of the University of the West of England.

Carolyn Kirby was educated at Cheltenham Ladies College and read Law at University College, Cardiff. Qualifying as a solicitor in 1979, she worked in private practice until 1985, when she became a partner of Kirby & Partners, Solicitors, in Swansea

Secretary of Swansea Law Society for fifteen years, Carolyn Kirby is a keen supporter of local law societies. She has chaired the national conference committee and on many occasions the conferences themselves. She is the Law Society Council member for Mid and West Wales and Chairman of the Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee. She is also a member of the Welsh Affairs Working Party and the co-ordinator of its Welsh devolution group.

Beyond her profession, Carolyn Kirby was a non-executive director of West Glamorgan Health Authority and a member of its audit committee for six years. Since 1995, she has been Chairman of Cancer Information and Support Services, a charity supporting cancer sufferers and their families.

In 1997, Carolyn Kirby became Legal Registrar to the Archdeacon of Gower and since 1999 has been Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales. Most recently, Carolyn Kirby became the first woman President of the Law Society in its one hundred and seventy-five year history and only the third President to come from Wales.

A keen walker and long distance runner, Carolyn Kirby lives in Swansea with her husband Robin, a practising solicitor, and they enjoy dogs and gardening.


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