Seona Reid DBE, Chair of the Board of Directors

Seona was Director of Glasgow School of Art from 1999 to 2013, having served as Director of the Scottish Arts Council for nine years. Previously she has been Assistant Director of Greater London Arts, Director of Shape, Head of Public Relations for Ballet Rambert, Press and Publicity Officer at Northern Dance Theatre, Business Manager at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal, and a freelance arts consultant working with the Arts Council of Great Britain and the London Contemporary Dance Trust.

She is Chair of the British Council Scotland Advisory Committee; a Trustee of the Tate Gallery; Chair of Tate Britain Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit Foundation. Until recently she was Chair of Cove Park, Deputy Chair of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Chair of its Scotland Committee.

In recent years she has been a member of the Cultural Cities Enquiry Advisory Board, Guest Chair of the Saltire Society Scotland Housing Design Awards; a member of the DCMS Advisory Panel on the Selection of UK City of Culture 2017; a member of the Knowledge and Evaluation Committee of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a Commissioner on the Scottish Broadcasting Commission, Vice Chair of the Lighthouse Centre for Architecture, Design and the City in Glasgow, and on the Boards of The Arches and of Suspect Culture Theatre. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Art and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has honorary degrees from Robert Gordon, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde Universities and is an honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 and a DBE in 2014 for services to the creative industries.

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