Our people

Chair – Ann Allen

Ann Allen has over 30 years’ experience working as a chartered surveyor, for the last 20 years focused on corporate property. Before joining University of Glasgow she was Head of Asset Management for John Lewis. The role at the University of Glasgow however is one of the most fascinating and rewarding roles she has undertaken with an opportunity to make a real difference and leave a legacy through the campus development. In her current role she leads a department of 150 colleagues and works closely with colleagues across University Services.

Ann also uses her property knowledge to support other organisations and is a trustee of Ethical Property trust and has just taken up a role sitting on the property committee for the National Theatre of Scotland as well as being a member of the Board for Construction Scotland. She is also a governor at the local village primary school where she lives in North Yorkshire.

Ann took up her post as Chair on 1 October 2018.

Chief Executive – Jim MacDonald

Jim MacDonald

Jim is a graduate of Edinburgh University and University College London. A chartered Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has over 20 years experience working on built environment issues within central and local government in the UK.

Jim joined A&DS from Historic Scotland’s Inspectorate where he was Deputy Chief Inspector with lead responsibility for the agency’s statutory casework and advice. Prior to this he led the Heritage and Design Team within Glasgow City Council’s Development and Regeneration Services and has also worked for North Lanarkshire Council, the City of Westminster and English Heritage’s London Region. He is also currently a non-executive Director of the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and a volunteer with Planning Aid for Scotland.


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Board Members

Architecture and Design Scotland’s board members are appointed by Scottish Ministers.


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Panel Members

The A&DS Design Forum panel consists of expert practitioners with a diverse range of professional skills and experience in the built environment.

Exhibition: The Happenstance, Glasgow

A dynamic exhibition showcasing The Happenstance, Scotland’s contribution to the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice 2018.

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