Robbie Glen – Former Prison Governor and Extremelly Entertaining After Dinner Speaker.
Robbie Glen’s wit, timing, and ability to read an audience is incredible, he is one of the finest after-dinner speakers you’re ever likely to hear. His gift for making people laugh surely qualifies him for an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records!
Sired by an Ayrshire man out of a Renfrewshire lady, Robbie Glen was reared in Lanarkshire. He was educated at Hamilton Academy and Strathclyde University. He taught for one year in Blantyre before joining the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor in 1969.
Robbie Glen served several prison sentences as Governor of Castle Huntly Young Offenders Institution, Dungavel Prison where he was Deputy and Acting Governor, along with Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow.
Robbie Glen had the pleasure of being Governor of Cornton Vale, which is Scotland’s only female establishment. He finally retired from the Scottish Prison Service on 4th September 1996.
William Mcllvaney based his story; The Prisoner in his book of short stories entitled The Walking Wounded on Robbie Glen after he visited him at Dungavel.
In his youth he played junior football professionally, but his career was cut short tragically at an early age due to lack of ability. He still holds the Lanarkshire Schoolboy 440 yards record, because it’s now gone metric!
Robbie is married with 2 daughters, the younger of whom is profoundly handicapped. Robbie developed a walking aid for her with his staff and prisoners in 1981, and it is now being used in 41 hospitals and schools in Scotland to teach handicapped children how to walk.
Robbie Glen has spoken at numerous Private & Corporate events including: Variety Club Dinners for Lord Attenborough, Jimmy Logan and Ally McCoist and a Lord’s Taverners’ tribute Lunch for Sir Harry Secombe.