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Seona Reid’s professional career has spanned art, design and architecture education, arts funding, dance and theatre. Most recently she served as Director of the Scottish Arts Council (1990-1999) and Director of Glasgow School of Art (1999-2013).

She has held many positions in public life, currently Chair of the National Theatre of Scotland; Chair of Cove Park artist residency centre; Deputy Chair of Heritage Lottery Fund and Scotland Committee Chair; a Trustee of the Tate Gallery; a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit Foundation.

Previous roles included membership of the Universities Scotland Executive Committee; of the UK Government Advisory Panel for the 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 Edinburgh and of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and became a Dame in 2013 for services to the creative industries.