Gillian Mawdsley is a solicitor currently working for the Law Society of Scotland in a criminal law policy role. She is a lecturer in Law at the Open University, and tutor at the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde. She worked within COPFS as a Procurator Fiscal Depute for nearly 20 years. During that time worked in the Deaths Unit, investigating a significant number of homicides and sudden deaths. Undertook a number of FAIs including a number specialising in complex medical deaths. She holds lay appointments with the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, and the Joint College of the Royal College of Surgeons.