Dame Linda Dobbs
Former Deputy High Court Judge, UK
Dame Linda Dobbs is a leading jurist and lawyer. Dame Linda was the first person of colour, of either gender, to be appointed a High Court Judge in the UK. Following her retirement as a judge she has worked tirelessly to strengthen the judicial capacity of courts in countries such as South Africa, Sierra Leone and Ghana to mention just three. She is a real inspiration and leader in her field.
She was a member of the General Council of the Bar and chaired the Professional Standards Committee and the Race Relations Committee. In 2003, she became the chairman of the Criminal Bar Association. She was appointed as a deputy High Court judge in February 2003. She was also included in the list of Britain's 10 most powerful black women and the 100 Great Black Britons. She is a patron of the African Prisons Project and an initiator of the 18 Red Lion Court Award for African advocates.