A Wrexham lawyer who has served her home town since graduating from Aberystwyth University in 1976 has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chester and North Wales branch of The Law Society.
The local Law Society's most prestigious award was presented to Pamela Whitley, a partner with GHP Legal, by His Honour Judge Roger Dutton DL, BA.
The presentation took place in front of more than 200 members and guests at the Society's Annual Dinner which was held at the Pavilion Suite, Chester Racecourse, on Friday 21st February.
Speaking afterwards, Nick Fluck, President of The Law Society, said Pamela was ‘a very deserving winner'.
A member of the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP), Pamela Whitley heads up the property team at GHP Legal's Wrexham office where she specialises in non-contentious property and probate work.
Richard Lloyd, Senior Partner of GHP Legal, said:
"We are all immensely proud of Pam. Widowed at an early age, she brought up two young sons on her own, rose to the top of her profession, became an international amateur golfer and has made great contributions to charity work."
After graduating from University, Pamela returned to her Wrexham roots to serve her articles at Edmund Pickles & Upton. She became a partner there in 1984 and subsequently became a partner of GHP Legal, when the two firms merged in 1996.
Pamela is a highly accomplished international golfer who has represented Wales at junior, full and senior level. She was captain of both the Welsh junior and ladies teams and currently captains the senior ladies team and serves on the Teams and Performance Committee of the Golf Union of Wales and on the International Selection Committee of the Ladies Golf Union. She became Ladies Captain of Royal St David's Golf Club in 2010 and has been a member of Wrexham Golf Club since 1967.
A trustee of Wrexham's Nightingale House Hospice since 1991, Pamela was Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2005. Whilst President of Wrexham Rotary Club she played a major part in establishing The Brick Children School (Tikathali) to provide schooling to the families of itinerant brick workers in the Kathmandu valley, Nepal, who would otherwise receive no education at all. The project later developed into a community facility providing education for children and adults, and health care to more than 300 people. The School was relocated in the Kathmandu valley in 2013.