Dame Seona Reid retired as Director of the Glasgow School of Art in August 2013, having served since September 1999. Her time at the Glasgow School of Art was marked by a notable enhancement of the School’s research profile, a focus on internationalisation, major postgraduate growth, the conservation of the famous Mackintosh building and development of the estate. Seona is currently Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, Chair of Cove Park, an artist residency centre in Argyll, a trustee of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit, a trustee of the Tate, and Scottish Commissioner to the UK-US Fulbright Commission. Other Non-executive roles in recent years have included serving as a member of Universities Scotland Executive Committee, a member of the UK Government Advisory Panel for selection of the 2017 UK City of Culture, and a commissioner on the Scottish Broadcasting Commission. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Society of Arts. Dame Seona is also Deputy Chair of the Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund and its Trustee for Scotland (the role attracts £20,749 per annum).
This role is not remunerated. This reappointment has been made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for defined political activity in the last five years to be made public. Dame Seona has declared no political activity.