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September 16 2004

It is all change among the big wigs in architecture and urbanism in the public sector at the moment. Not only are Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission for Ancient and Historic Monuments undergoing reorganisation and getting new chief executives, but a recruitment drive is on the find a Chief Executive for Architecture and Design Scotland (ADS) and a City Design Adviser, or even ‘design champion’ in Glasgow.
The Glasgow candidate must bring an interesting mixture of personal attributes to the job which include: “credibility, vision and pragmatism”. The deadline for the ADS post falls after Prospect’s publication date, but there is already plenty of speculation in the capital as to likely candidates.
Prospect assumes that Charles Prosser, the director of the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, the forerunner of ADS, will be making an application. Rumours are abound that Sebastian Tombs at the RIAS and Ian Gilzean at the Scottish Executive’s Architecture Policy Unit have also thrown their hats into the ring. The ADS job is advertised at £44,165-£59,200. The salary for the Glasgow post is not printed in the advert.
Meanwhile in ‘England’s North West’ the key job vacancies that appeared earlier this year have now been filled. At the NWDA the space left by Jerry Spencer has been filled by Heather Emery.
Heather was previously Head of Design and Development at Nottingham City Council. She trained as a planner and has a masters in architectural conservation and urban design as well as a management diploma. As head of Design and Built Environment at the development agency, Heather is likely to feature in Prospect in the near future.
The RIBA has found a replacement for Alison Grant who used to head up the regional network. Bernadette Stokoe is the network’s new director. Bernadette worked for the National Housing Federation (NHF) from 1993 to 2004, initially as South East Regional Officer and from 1994 as Head of South Region.
The NHF South Region represents and promotes over 500 housing associations in the South, covering more than 100 local authorities, stretching from Kent to Cornwall. Bernadette has a Masters in Business Administration, a post-graduate diploma in housing, and a degree in sociology and politics.

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