Our people

Chair – Ann Allen

Ann Allen is the CEO of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES). A Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience, Ann has worked for such organisations as John Lewis; HBOS and UK Government. She was Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services at the University of Glasgow to 2020.

Ann also uses her property knowledge to support other organisations and is a member of the Scottish Futures Trust Board; a Trustee of National Museums of Scotland; and sits on the Water Commission for Scotland Board.

She is Chair of the Scottish Board of Women in Property.

Ann was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours List for services to Higher Education and in February 2019 she received the Business Leadership Award at the Scottish Property Awards.

Ann took up her post as Chair on 1 October 2018Ann Allen Register Of Interests

Chief Executive – Jim MacDonald

Jim is a Town Planner and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over 25 years’ experience working on built environment issues within central and local government in the UK.

He was previously Historic Scotland’s Deputy Chief Inspector and has also worked for Glasgow City Council, North Lanarkshire Council, the City of Westminster and English Heritage’s London Region. He is currently a Board member of Edinburgh World Heritage, Chair of Old Town Projects Ltd., a Board member of Skye Connect and a volunteer with Planning Aid for Scotland.


Vacancies at Architecture and Design Scotland

Board Members

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


You can get in touch with our staff by emailing firstname.lastname@ads.org.uk

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.

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