Seona Reid steps down as Chair of National Theatre of Scotland


13 Jun 2022

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Jackie and Seona standing in front of a yellow NTS sign

Seona Reid will be standing down as Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland in September 2022.

Seona joined the Company as Chair in 2013 and over the last nine years has led the governance of the organisation during a period of remarkable change in Scottish civic life and within the Company.

Seona Reid is the former director of both the Glasgow School of Art and Scottish Arts Council and a major figure in the UK arts industry.

During her tenure, the National Theatre of Scotland has produced a body of acclaimed, award-winning, internationally renowned work and a strong commitment to communities and creative engagement, under two successful artistic directorships. She oversaw the capital campaign to enable the National Theatre of Scotland to move into Rockvilla, a bespoke rehearsal and technical facility in Glasgow and, under her inspired leadership, enabled the Company to pivot to create innovative new work for audiences and employ artists and freelancers, during the pandemic.

Seona Reid’s successor will be announced by the Company on 20 June.

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director and CEO of National Theatre of Scotland said:

“Seona Reid has been the most passionate and committed advocate for the National Theatre of Scotland during her extraordinary nine years’ service as Chairperson.

She has personally offered me great counsel during my time as Artistic Director, notably during the pandemic whilst the Scottish theatre industry faced unprecedented challenges.

She has helped us celebrate success but more importantly has encouraged us to adapt, change and take risks; to constantly strive to be better and bolder and for our work to be more impactful.

She has been tireless and fearless. Her depth of knowledge, experience and wisdom are incomparable and everyone in the organisation extends their thanks to her for her support and leadership over the last nine years”

Seona Reid, Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland said:

“The National Theatre of Scotland is a singular organisation which participates in Scotland’s cultural landscape with spirit, courage and commitment and I have been privileged to serve as Chair of its board for the last nine years.  

I have had the great pleasure of watching it develop and adapt to the challenges of our times whilst raising the bar in terms of artistic excellence, innovation and deepening relationships with audiences and the sector.  I wish my successor all the very best and hope they too will feel the same joy and pride in their leadership as I have done.”