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Dame Glenys Stacey, former Chief Inspector of Probation

Dame Glenys Stacey, former Chief Inspector of Probation, shares the eight tracks, book and luxury she would take with her if cast away to a desert island. With Lauren Laverne.

Dame Glenys Stacey has spent 40 years in public service, including high profile work as a regulator in key areas of national life. She has just stepped down after her five year term as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation during which she criticised the decision to privatise the Probation service calling it “irredeemably flawed”.

Glenys was born in Walsall Wood in the West Midlands, where her father was a painter and decorator for the council and her mother worked full time in Union Locks. She left school at 16 and her first job was in an explosives factory. She became a legal executive before deciding to take A levels and then study law at the University of Kent. She was the founding CEO of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, set up by the government in January 1997, after the miscarriages of justice in the cases of the Birmingham Six and the Guildford Four. As Chief Executive of Animal Health, she oversaw the management of the outbreak of foot and mouth in 2007 and then led Ofqual for five years, during the reform of GCSEs and A levels.

She was awarded a Damehood in 2016 for her services to education and earlier this year she became a founding Board Member of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, an advisory body established by the government.

DISC ONE: Loch Lomond – Sir Harry Lauder
DISC TWO: Harry Belafonte - Scarlett Ribbons (For Her Hair)
DISC THREE: T.REX –Ride a White Swan
DISC FOUR: Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
DISC FIVE: Wagner - The Ride of the Valkyries
DISC SIX: Second movement of Saint Saen’s Piano concerto number 2 in G minor
DISC SEVEN: Bob Marley and the Wailers - I Shot the Sherriff
DISC EIGHT: Soave sia Il vento from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

BOOK CHOICE: Oxford Book of English Short Stories
LUXURY ITEM: A selection of seeds
CASTAWAY'S FAVOURITE: Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

Presenter: Lauren Laverne
Producer: Cathy Drysdale
Photo: BBC / Amanda Benson

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Music Played

  • Sir Harry Lauder

    Loch Lomond

    • Roamin' in the Gloamin.
    • Conifer Records Limited.
    • 12.
  • Harry Belafonte

    Scarlett Ribbons (For Her Hair)

    • Island In The Sun: His Greatest Hits.
    • Woodford Music.
    • 3.
  • T. Rex

    Ride a White Swan

    • Marc Bolan And T Rex: The Essential Collection.
    • Universal Music TV.
    • 22.
  • Peter Gabriel

    Solsbury Hill

    • Peter Gabriel 1.
    • Charisma.
    • 2.
  • Richard Wagner

    The Ride of the Valkyries

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Essential Opera 2.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Saint-Saën's Piano concerto number 2 in G minor, second movement

    Performer: Stephen Hough. Conductor: Sakari Oramo. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
    • Saint-Saens: The Complete Works For Piano And Orchestra.
    • HYPERION Records Limited.
    • 5.
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers

    I Shot The Sheriff

    • I Shot The Sheriff.
    • Island / Tuff Gong.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Così fan tutte - Soave sia Il vento

    Performer: Renée Fleming. Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Michele Pertusi. Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Cosi fan Tutte.
    • Decca.
    • 20.

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