Ann Allen has been appointed new Chair of A&DS Board

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(September 2018) Following a recruitment process Scottish Ministers have announced the appointment of the new Chair of the Architecture and Design Scotland board. Ann Allen will be formally appointed as Chair from the start of October 2018.

Ann Allen is the Director of Estates at Glasgow University, where she joined in May 2012. She has over 30 years’ experience in working in property including working for major high street retailers, banking and central government. Her last role before joining the University was as Head of Asset Management for John Lewis (2008 to 2012).

Karen Anderson, the current Chair of A&DS, said “Congratulations to Ann Allen on being appointed the new Chair.  I wish her all the best and know from my experience that she will enjoy working with the A&DS team, their partners and stakeholders. I will miss working directly with A&DS in promoting the importance of quality design in the built environment for our long-term sustainability and wellbeing. In this important task Ann will be supported by a group of talented and committed people, and a range of organisations and individuals who give their time and talent to help shape better buildings and places.”

About the new Chair

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.

The A&DS Board ensures that the A&DS’s strategy and business plan continue to support and promote the value good architecture and sustainable design add to everyone’s lives.  This appointment will be for up to 4 years in the first instance and the appointment is formally effective from 1 October 2018.

About Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS)

Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) was established in 2005 to promote good architecture and sustainable design. Its role is to improve the quality of development in Scotland and support and promote excellence in the delivery of good architecture, successful places and efficient processes.


For further information please contact Anja Ekelof, Communications Manager A&DS on 0131 556 66 99 or email

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