Seona Reid has been appointed as a new Trustee of Tate. The appointment, was made by Prime Minister David Cameron and carries a term of 4 years starting from May 2013.
Seona Reid was appointed Director to the Glasgow School of Art in September 1999 and will step down from this post in August after 14 successful years there. She is Deputy Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Chair of its Committee for Scotland. Previously she served as Director of the Scottish Arts Council for nine years, and before that as Assistant Director (Strategy and Regional Development) of Greater London Arts. She is currently Scotland’s Commissioner to the UK-US Fulbright Commission, a member of the Universities Scotland Executive Committee, a member of the Independent Advisory Panel for the selection of the UK City of Culture 2017 and a Board member of Cove Park artist residency
In the recent past, Seona Reid served as a Commissioner on the Scottish Broadcasting Commission and was a member of Universities UK creative industries steering group. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and became honorary professor of the University of Glasgow in 1995. She was awarded a CBE in the 2008 New Year Honours for services to the Creative Industries.
Nicholas Serota, Director Tate said: “Seona Reid’s expertise in the fields of education and public policy in the arts and culture, along with her obvious passion and dedication, will be of enormous benefit to Tate”.
Professor Reid said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to make whatever contribution I can, with the other Trustees, Sir Nicholas Serota and all the staff of Tate to support this remarkable institution in continuing to build on its significant achievements to date and engaging an ever wider range of people with modern and contemporary art.”
Tate’s mission, laid down by the 1992 Museums and Galleries Act, is to promote public understanding and enjoyment of British, modern and contemporary art. Its responsibilities are to safeguard and enhance its assets, which include the collections, expertise in the collections and subject area, and the buildings. Tate seeks to spread the benefits of those assets by maximising access and developing value for visitors, satisfying stakeholders and by effective organisation and sound financial management. Tate Trustees are not remunerated. The appointment process has followed the OCPA Code of Practice. Appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. The application procedure has been conducted in full compliance with the Nolan recommendations which require candidates for appointment publicly to declare any political activity in the United Kingdom in the past five years. Seona Reid has declared no political activity.