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Honorary professor and former Vice Dean named Peer of the Year

28 February 2008

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finley of Llandaff

A Cardiff University academic and consultant in palliative medicine and chronic pain, has been recognised as a champion for her tireless work in care for the dying across the UK.

Professor the Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff, an honorary professor and former Vice Dean of the University’s School of Medicine, has been named Peer of the Year at the second Dods and Scottish Widows Women in Public Life Awards for being a ‘tireless champion’.

Currently a consultant at the Velindre Trust, and known for her hard work in the House of Lords, including raising the profile of people with allergic reactions, Professor Finlay said: "This is such an honour. To be in the company of so many other women who have achieved outstanding results from their own dedicated work, is incredible."

A long-standing fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Finlay founded the Section of Palliative Care at the Society. She is currently President of the Royal Society of Medicine and last year was name 'Parliamentary Charity Champion. In 2007, Professor Finlay was also recognised in the 2007 ePolitix Charity Champion Awards for ‘Outstanding Achievement’, and has also previously been a Welsh Woman of the Year and people’s peer.

Professor Finlay was presented with her award by BBC political correspondent Reeta Chakrabarti at a ceremony attended by over 300 MPs, Peers, business leaders, stakeholders and journalists. Other winners included Margot Wallström who was presented with the Award for International Public Servant of the Year by Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, Sir Gus O'Donnell.

Dods & Scottish Widows hold the Woman in Public Life Awards to recognise and stimulate the engagement of women in politics, the civil service and community leadership. The awards provide an opportunity for parliamentarians to celebrate women leaders in society who can act as role models to encourage more women to take an interest in self development, leadership and participating positively in our democratic process and communities.

In a joint statement the Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP and the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP (Minister for Women, Leader of the House of Commons and Deputy Leader of the Labour party) said: "We congratulate all the women who took part in the awards for the important contribution they make to their communities and to public life. Democracy works best at every level when everyone is represented and there is a balanced team of men and women. While there are record levels of women in Parliament, we must do more. Four out of five MPs are still men. We must encourage and support women from all walks of life - especially Black and Asian women - to get involved in public life at every level and make our democracy stronger."

The full list of winners can be found at: