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Seona Reid appointed chair of National Theatre of Scotland

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Seona Reid has been appointed chair of the National Theatre of Scotland, replacing Richard Findlay, inaugural chair of the seven year-old company.

Reid was director of the Glasgow School of Art from 1999 until August this year, and was previously director of the Scottish Arts Council for nine years.

Speaking of her appointment, which she takes up with immediate effect, Reid said: “Not only does the company have, in Laurie Sansom, a vibrant new artistic director, but the NTS will continue, in 2014 and beyond, to play an ever more crucial role in Scottish culture.

Seona Reid
Seona Reid

“I look forward to progressing the first-rate governance and strategic direction of the National Theatre of Scotland embedded by my predecessor.”

While at the helm of the GSA, Reid was responsible for overseeing the £8.7 million conservation of its Mackintosh main building and a £50 million new-build project.

The NTS operates a “theatre without walls” model and recently welcomed its one millionth audience member. It is in process of creating a new headquarters in the Spiers Lock are of Glasgow, where it can consolidate rehearsal facilities, offices and technical and storage amenities under one roof in a converted former warehouse.

Laurie Sansom, who took up the post of NTS artistic director in March this year said: “As we look forward to the next stage of the Company’s adventure, Seona’s wealth of experience leading major arts organisations in Scotland and beyond will be an invaluable asset.”

Appointment to the unremunerated position is for an initial period of four years, with a possible further extension of three years.

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