Rab Wilson of Accountability Scotland was last week awarded the Institute of Contemporary Scotland’s Kay Carmichael Award for 2013 in a ceremony at Lancaster.
Kay was a member of the Institute and a regular speaker at ICS’s Young Scotland Programme. She was a highly respected social scientist, a criminologist, a lecturer, an activist, a psychiatric social worker, and a campaigner against nuclear weapons. She was a founding member of the “Gareloch Horticulturists” - a group of women who would break through the perimiter fence at the Polaris nuclear missile base at Faslane with the aim of planting flowers.
The Kay Carmichael Award is not an annual award; it is given only occasionally to recognise an outstanding campaign for social justice by an individual. The trustees of ICS have made the award following Rab’s long, hard-won campaign for openness and transparency in reporting of serious incidents at NHS Ayrshire and Arran.