Robbie Glen

Robbie Glen has a dry Scottish wit, timing and an ability to read an audience which makes him one of the finest UK after dinner speakers you're ever likely to hear.


He has a rare gift for making people laugh and is a great favourite on the after dinner circuit.

 Robbie has spoken at many prestigious functions including Variety Club Tribute Dinners for Lord Richard Attenborough, Jimmy Logan and Alistair McCoist and a Lord's Taverners Tribute Lunch for Sir Harry Secombe.


He has twice entertained at Variety Club Golfing Society Annual Dinners in London.


His versatility has seen him speak at business lunches in the Eiffel Tower and in Vancouver, at a St Andrew's Day Ball in Singapore, at Burns Suppers in Cairo, Calgary and Edmonton and at conference dinners in a bierkeller in Frankfurt and a wine cellar in

Lisbon. He has been asked to address many ladies only functions as he is seen as a safe pair of hands.


Sired by an Ayrshire man out of a Renfrewshire lady, Robbie 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, a Fellow of the Institute of Management, was Governor of Castle Huntly Young Offenders Institution - Dungavel Prison where he was Deputy and Acting Governor - along with Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow.


He 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.


Since his early retirement Robbie has gone on to make his mark as one of the UK's most popular and witty speakers, producing rave reviews from his varied list of clients. His motivational skills are called upon to set the tone for numerous conferences whilst his great sense of humour, funny stories and quick wit make for the most positive of outcomes. William Mcllvaney based his story The Prisoner in his book of short stories entitled The Walking Wounded on him after he visited Robbie 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 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.

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"Robbie Glen was over all really good. He was non offensive, funny and the perfect after dinner speaker! Many thanks for all your help again."

KG (ST Andrews, September 2017)

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