Glasgow School of Art names Fiona Stewart as strategic director of estates

Fiona Stewart, the director of estates and facilities at the National Museums of Scotland, is to join The Glasgow School of Art as strategic director of estates.

Fiona Stewart

A chartered surveyor with 25 years of experience in estate management, Fiona Stewart has delivered major projects for both Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Edinburgh as well as for National Museums Scotland which she joined in 2012.

In her new role, Fiona will lead The Glasgow School of Art’s estate development strategy which will support its vision to be a global leader in studio-based learning and research. The strategy will ensure delivery of high-quality environments for students and staff, and increase access by developing facilities for common use.

As strategic director of estates, Fiona will lead on all capital projects, including refurbishment of older buildings and disposal of buildings that are no longer fit for purpose, and deliver on the GSA’s commitment to explore all options for the Mackintosh Building rebuild.

‘We are delighted that Fiona is joining the team at The Glasgow School of Art as strategic director of estates,” said Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, director of The Glasgow School of Art.

“Her experience at two leading higher education institutions and in managing a complex and diverse estate at National Museums Scotland, including delivering new build and refurbishment projects, will be invaluable to us.

“It will be particularly important as we work with partners across the city in the development of our campus, making sure that it is not only globally competitive, but also contributes to Glasgow’s urban environment especially to the neighbourhood and the communities of which we are part.”

Fiona Stewart added: “This is an exciting new role and I am looking forward to joining the team at The Glasgow School of Art.”

Fiona Stewart will join the GSA in February 2020.

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