Seona Reid photo portrait

Seona Reid


I am currently Deputy Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund (National Heritage Memorial Fund) and Chair for Scotland; Commissioner on the UKUS Fulbright Commission; and Chair of Cove Park, an artist residency centre in Argyll. I served as Director of the Glasgow School of Art between 1999 and 2013 and Director of the Scottish Arts Council between 1990 and 1999, following a career in performing arts and disability arts, and have served on a wide range of committees and Boards in the arts and the education sectors including, recently, the Advisory Group to the UK Government on UK City of Culture 2017, Scottish Broadcasting Commission, Lighthouse Centre for Architecture and Design and the Executive Committee of Universities Scotland. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to the creative industries.

Why I wanted to be a Tate Trustee

Tate holds a pre-eminent position amongst galleries nationally and internationally for the outstanding quality of its collection and exhibitions. Equally important to me is Tate’s absolute commitment to ensure it reaches, and engages with, the widest possible range of people across the UK (and beyond) through its education programmes, digital platforms, major galleries in Liverpool and St Ives,and the partnerships it forges with galleries, museums and educational institutions across the UK. Tate reaches many parts and many people – it changes lives. My experience in both education and in many different aspects of the arts can support Tate to continue to make excellence accessible.

Appointment information

Appointed by: Prime Minister
Appointment: 13 May 2013
Term expires: 12 May 2017

Other Membership:

  • Tate Britain Advisory Council (Chair)

Declaration of Members’ Interests between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014


Deputy Chair NHMF/Heritage Lottery Fund
Commissioner, Fulbright Commission
Chair, National Theatre of Scotland
Chair, Cove Park

Directorships of companies2


Membership of non-profit making organisations3




Connections between Trustees and others connected with Tate5


Any other interests6


Signed by Seona Reid on 17 March 2014

  • 1. Employment, remunerated trade, profession, public office or consultancy
  • 2. Directorships of companies, both public and private, both remunerated and unremunerated
  • 3. Membership of non-profit making organisations, clubs or associations and professional bodies which have significant dealings with Tate or whose activities could relate to Tate’s work
  • 4. Names of companies and organisations in which the member or his/her family or associates has a controlling interest or shares or securities and which could be involved in the supply of goods or have business dealings with Tate
  • 5. This includes commercial interests with other Trustees, Tate’s lawyers (Withers; Linklaters; Farrers; Finers Stephens Innocent) and Tate’s auditors (National Audit Office, RSM Tenon and Grant Thornton’).
  • 6. Trustees are advised to declare anything which a member of the public, knowing the facts, might reasonably think is significant and relevant.