Robbie Glen is the former Governor of Scotland's Barlinnie Prison - which he compares favourably to the old Glasgow Hilton - though with much higher customer loyalty! 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 Glen has a dry Scottish wit, impeccable timing and an ability to read an audience which makes him one of the finest and most in-demand after dinner speakers you are ever likely to hear, making him a firm favourite and established name on the after dinner circuit.
He grew up in Lanarkshire and was educated at Hamilton Academy and Strathclyde University. Robbie taught for one year in Blantyre before joining the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor in 1969. A fellow of the Institute of Management, he has 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 also had the pleasure of being Governor of Cornton Vale, which is Scotland's only female establishment. Robbie Glen finally retired from the Scottish Prison Service in 1996.
There is no doubt Robbie Glen's hilarious anecdotes and his charismatic personality, make him a unique and brilliant after dinner speaker, and one of the busiest professional after dinner speakers on the circuit today.
Robbie is also one of the UK's finest leadership motivational speakers and says “if you have 650 staff and 1200 inmates, none of whom really want to be there – you can manage anything!” He has a unique perspective on customer service, but can deliver any message required including team building, leadership or managing change, security & risk, the UK prison system, motivation & team work and will ensure that the delegates leave the event motivated and amused!
Robbie is married with two 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.