Brian Filling is the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Scotland. He was the founding Chair of the Scottish Committee of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1976, and remained as Chair until its dissolution in 1994, with the ending of apartheid. He is Chair of the successor organisation, Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) Scotland. He is also Vice-President of the UK charity, Community H.E.A.R.T, which supports projects in Southern Africa. Brian is also Chair of the Mandela-Tambo Lecture Series and of the annual UN Nelson Mandela International Day Scottish Planning Committee.
Brian’s publications include: The End of a Regime? An Anthology of Scottish-South African Writing Against Apartheid (AUP 1991); From Colonialism and Apartheid to Ten Years of the New South Africa (GCU 2005); Oliver Tambo Remembered (contributor, Macmillan, 2007); The Glasgow Mandela Story (ACTSA, 2011).
Brian was presented with the Glasgow Lord Provost’s Special Category Award for his services to South Africa and for liaising on behalf of the 9 UK cities to organise the presentation of the Freedoms of their cities to Nelson Mandela at a single ceremony in Glasgow in 1993.
Brian was a guest at the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President of the Republic of South Africa in Pretoria in 1994 and he was awarded the ‘National Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo’ in 2012 for his outstanding solidarity work. This is the highest honour which can be bestowed upon non-South Africans by the Republic of South Africa.