Sheila Marshall McKechnie

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Dame
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Born 3 Mary 1948, died 2 January 2004

Sheila McKechnie was born in Camelon, Falkirk, the daugher of Christina Marshall, and Hugh McKechnie, baker. She grew up and went to school in Falkirk, and read politics and history at Edinburgh University. She then studied for an MA in industrial relations at Warwick University, and at Oxford was on the board of the radical feminist publication, Red Rag.
She Worked as a Trade Union official and a university lecturer before moving to Shelter in 1985 where she helped change and focus government policy.
She was appointed director of the Consumers' Association in 1995, and helped to establish the Food Standards Agency. She was made OBE in 1995 for services to housing and the homeless, and DBE in 2001 for services to consumers. The FSA has set up an annual award for community food initiatives in her memory.

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Dame Sheila McKenzie
Sources
Herald Scotland News Article
Online publication of Scottish Newspaper
Falkirk Herald Newspaper Article
Online version of Local Newspaper covering the unveiling of the memorial.
Sheila McKechnie Foundation
Foundations set up in memory of Sheila to ensure her work continues into the next generation.
The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women
Entry by Kath Davies