Dr Brian Filling



Brian Filling is the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Scotland. Previously he worked as a systems analyst, journalist, lecturer and college vice-principal.

He was the founding Chairperson of the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1976 and remained in that role until its dissolution in 1994 with the ending of apartheid. He is Chair of the successor organisation, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) Scotland. He is also Vice-President of the UK charity, Community H.E.A.R.T (Health, Education and Reconstruction Training), which supports projects in Southern Africa, including a book appeal which has sent 3 million books to South African libraries and schools.

He is organiser of the Mandela-Tambo Lecture Series and he chairs the annual UN Nelson Mandela International Day Scottish Planning Committee. When he was Vice-Principal of Glasgow Metropolitan College he served on Glasgow Caledonian University’s Senate for eight years and assisted GCU’s project work with South Africa in education, business, and health. His publications include: The End of a Regime? An Anthology of Scottish-South African Writing Against Apartheid (AUP 1991); From Colonialism and Apartheid to Ten Years of the New South Africa (GCU 2005); Oliver Tambo Remembered (contributor, Macmillan, 2007); and The Glasgow Mandela Story (Glasgow City Council/ACTSA, 2014).

He was presented with the Glasgow Lord Provost’s Special Category Award for his services to South Africa and for liaising on behalf of the nine UK cities to organise the presentation of the Freedoms of their cities to Nelson Mandela at a single ceremony in Glasgow, 1993. He also received Glasgow Royal Concert Hall’s fifth anniversary Special Category award for the organisation of the Nelson Mandela rally.

He was a guest at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria in 1994. He was awarded the “National Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo” in 2012 for outstanding solidarity work. This is the highest honour bestowed on non-South Africans by the Republic of South Africa.

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