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 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 year’s 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.

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.

A&DS Corporate Plan 2021-24

This is our Corporate Plan for 2021-24, outlining how we aim to work to deliver our Corporate Strategy.

Annual Review 2020: Our Year in Review

Despite the challenges of lockdown, and the closure of our offices, A&DS has continued to deliver high quality and important work. We review our year.

Annual Review 2020: Our People

As part of our Annual Review of 2020 we asked staff and board members to reflect on their experiences in 2020.

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