Dame Seona Reid CBE

Deputy chair of NHMF and HLF and chair of the Scotland committee

Seona is chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, chair of artist residency centre Cove Park and a trustee of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit. She is also deputy chair of NHMF and HLF.

Seona Reid retired as director of the Glasgow School of Art in August 2013, having served since September 1999.

Seona’s posts have included nine years as director of the Scottish Arts Council and before that assistant director (Strategy and Regional Development) of Greater London Arts and director of Shape, a pioneering arts and disability organisation.

Non-executive roles 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.

Seona is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has honorary degrees from several universities including Glasgow and Strathclyde for services to the arts in Scotland, and became an honorary professor of the University of Glasgow in 1995. She was awarded a CBE in 2008 and became a Dame in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to the creative industries.

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