Chair of the Board of Governors
Muriel Gray is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art and worked as a professional illustrator before joining the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh as assistant head of design. A career spanning over two decades in the media followed, from presenting many diverse network radio and television programmes, to producing and directing, and then founding her own award-winning production company which grew into the largest in Scotland. She is a journalist, the author of five books, and serves annually on both BAFTA and the Royal Television Society Awards juries. Muriel is a former rector of Edinburgh University, the first woman to have held this post, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Abertay and The Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow University.
Penny Macbeth joined The Glasgow School of Art as Director in May 2020. Throughout her career, Penny has been committed to developing a professionally relevant learning environment for students. She was previously Dean of Manchester School of Art and Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Humanities focusing on external engagement and partnerships, and is a board trustee of Castlefield Gallery and CHEAD. On behalf of CHEAD she represents the sector on the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Crafts. Penny is also an active researcher, and her work explores cloth’s potential as a carrier of narrative and catalyst for community empathy and cohesion.
Product Design, 2017
International Management & Design Innovation, 2018
Marwa Ebrahim is the founder and lead product designer of Atypical Cosmetics Ltd. Having graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a BDes(Hons) in Product Design in 2017, she pursued a joint MSc in International Management and Design Innovation from The Glasgow School of Art and the University of Glasgow.
In 2019, Marwa founded Atypical Cosmetics, a start-up that capitalises on the lack of AI and data-driven digital skincare services in the UK market by creating personalised skincare products based on each user’s individual needs. Atypical Cosmetics has won two of the largest start-up competitions in Scotland, Scottish EDGE and Converge, and the company now aims to launch during Summer 2020.
Fine Art Photography, 1997
Louise Lockwood is a documentary producer and director, and a 1997 graduate of Fine Art Photography at The Glasgow School of Art.
Over the last 20 years Louise’s work has been transmitted on network channels in the UK and the USA, covering topics as diverse as Quantum Physics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Cancer, Political and Social History and many Film, Theatre, Art and Architecture subjects, including two documentaries about the architecture of The Glasgow School of Art buildings.
Louise was nominated for a BAFTA and won a Grierson, RTS, RTS Scotland & Scottish BAFTA for her acclaimed 2009 documentary, Parallel Worlds, and won multiple awards for her intimate two-part documentary Fair Isle: Living on the Edge. Whilst the themes of her documentaries are diverse, no matter the subject, at the centre of all Louise’s work is her search for humanity in any and every story.
Interior Design, 1991
Anna Campbell-Jones graduated from Interior Design at The Glasgow School of Art in 1991. After graduating Anna worked with leading London design practices Tilney Shane, Imagination and Morey Smith in London before returning to Glasgow to become a lecturer of Interior Design at GSA.
After 9 successful years as Director of Rehab interiors, Anna set up Habitus Design in 2016. Habitus is an interior design consultancy that specialises in residential projects but with a background in commercial interiors.
Since 2019 Anna has been a judge and presenter of Scotland’s Home of the Year and is a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland.
Tracy Meller graduated with a Batchelor in Architecture from the GSA in 1995 and is now an Architect and Partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners. Since joining the practice in 1999 Tracy has led a number of large schemes on complex urban sites primarily in the residential and education sectors, including Mossbourne Community Academy, Neo Bankside and the latest building for the London School of Economics.
Tracy was recently awarded the Inaugural MJ Long Award for Excellence in Practice 2020 for her work on Centre Building, London School of Economics. The MJ Long Prize is open to all UK based female architects and is judged on an overall body of work with an emphasis on a project completed in the past 18 months.
Painting and Printmaking, 2013
Rachel Jones (b.1991 in London) completed her BA Fine Art Painting and Printmaking at The Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and an MA Fine Art at Royal Academy of Arts in 2018. Her work has been exhibited in the UK at institutions such as the Royal Scottish Academy. She was artist in residence at The Chinati Foundation (2019) and Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art (2016). She has upcoming exhibitions with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and The Sunday Painter.
Product Design Engineering, 1999
Jamie Lapsley is the production designer of Bodyguard (BBC1/Netflix), Tommy’s Honour (Best Film BAFTA Scotland 2016), Kill Command, The Rezort, Shell (Best Film Turin Film Festival 2012), and Skeletons (Best New British Feature, EIFF 2010). Advertising credits include brands such as Lego, Stella Artois, Irn Bru, Bank of Scotland and Sony Bravia Paint. Recently Jamie designed We Hunt Together (Showtime) and Trust Me (BBC1)
Jamie studied Product Design Engineering at GSA, graduating in 1999. She worked as a project manager for University of Glasgow, then freelanced as a graphic designer and motion graphics designer/VJ for gigs, events and club nights. This exposure to live events led to assisting in theatre design, before moving into film and television as an art director, working with the BBC before stepping up as designer in 2004.
Isabel Garriga Serrano
Isabel Garriga is a 2001 Mackintosh School of Architecture graduate who has extensive experience practicing in Spain and the UK. Her eight years’ experience as a key design architect at Gordon Murray + Alan Dunlop Architects had her involved in a wide variety of projects ranging from the award-winning Sentinel Office development to the acclaimed Scottish Crime Campus. Since joining Holmes Miller in 2011, Isabel has expanded her portfolio to include works in other sectors such as large scale master planning schemes in China, custodial projects, and sports facilities such as the York Stadium.
In addition, Isabel is an active participant in the architecture scene of Scotland. Since 2007 she has been a Studio Design Tutor at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and has also been a council member for the Glasgow Institute of Architects since 2011. In April 2018, exactly 150 years since the creation of the institute, she was elected by the membership to become GIA President until June 2020.
Alessandro Marini is an artist, community activist and facilitator working in Glasgow. His main focuses are the empowerment of people by supporting the creation of platforms in which participants can share skills and knowledge in a critical way. He has previously done this for: Political workshops, Artistic workshops in Glasgow and abroad, critical inquiry workshops to support students articulate their thoughts for The Glasgow School of Art and more. His studies in Architecture have helped him in thinking strategically, in articulating technical information in a clear way and in designing accessible methods of critical inquiry and engagement with different groups of people.
His current work as Student President of The Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association has overarching themes of social and environmental sustainability based on principles of discussion, inclusion, equality and the celebration of diversity. Before coming to GSA he never saw himself in a leadership role but viewed the role of Student President as an opportunity to affect positive change above and beyond his previous voluntary roles in local Glasgow based charities.
Sam De Santis
Creative Network Manager
Sam De Santis studied Fine Art Photography at The Glasgow School of Art, and served two terms as Student President after graduating in 2012. Following this, Sam was the lead coordinator of the Phoenix Bursary project, which supported GSA’s fine art graduates and culminated in a major exhibition in 2015. Sam has undertaken various other roles within the GSA including research into mapping creative facilities across Glasgow, and work as part of the Exhibitions team. In 2019 Sam was appointed Creative Network Manager and is responsible for overseeing the development and enhancement of how the GSA supports, connects and communicates with its global community of graduates.