Founder and CEO of The Circle, Kirsty Thomson, has been granted a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Kirsty joins around 29,000 worldwide fellows including such prestigious members as Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie and Dame Judi Dench.
The FRSA is an award granted to people who are seen to have made outstanding achievements to social progress and development. The award recognises the contributions of exceptional individuals from across the world who have made significant contributions relating to the Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.
Kirsty has worked for over 20 years supporting charities, social enterprises, community groups and individuals. In this time she has helped raise over £13million for the organisations she has worked with. Kirsty is also a Saltire Fellow through Entrepreneurial Scotland and in 2017 she was recognised as a Women of Inspiration by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen. Kirsty was also listed in The Courier’s Impact 100 list and is on the NatWest WISE100 2018 list, which recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven businesses in the UK.
Kirsty said “I’m delighted to be recognised alongside such high calibre individuals like Stephen Hawking. It’s an honour to have been awarded this Fellowship.”