Architect and chartered surveyor appointed trustees at national artist studio provider
Scotland’s national provider of artist studios Wasps has appointed two new trustees to its board of directors.
Architect Nicola Walls and chartered surveyor Alasdair Tweedie were appointed to the charitable institution’s board at its most recent meeting of trustees.
Wasps chairperson Andrew Burrell said both appointments bring the desired property and facilities management experience to the board of trustees and are skilled in carbon reduction approaches, a key agenda for the organisation in its journey towards zero carbon.
Nicola Walls is an architect with Page\Park Architects in Glasgow where she leads the arts and culture team. She continues to be involved in producing spaces for people to engage with creative and cultural activities, having been instrumental in the delivery of nationally important, award-winning cultural buildings in Scotland. Nicola will bring significant architectural development experience to the board, particularly in relation to Wasps’ historic estate.
Alasdair Tweedie is director of property management at the University of Stirling and is a chartered surveyor with 25 years’ experience in the delivery and management of complex property developments and portfolios in the higher education, residential, commercial and urban regeneration sectors.
Welcoming the appointments, Mr Burrell said: “Wasps is at a crucial stage in its strategic development, providing affordable and high quality studio and office space for Scotland’s creative sector. The arrival of Nicola and Alasdair to the board further strengthens a powerful executive team. Their knowledge and experience will be of enormous benefit to Wasps and to the country’s cultural scene.”
Wasps trustee Nicola Walls said: “The mission of Wasps – to support and provide space for our creatives to prosper through the adaption of existing buildings - resonates very strongly with my architectural practice and my passion for the arts.
“How the cultural sector can help our communities emerge out of this challenging period even stronger makes this a really exciting time to be joining the Board of this important national organisation.
“I am looking forward to helping support Wasps and their portfolio of fascinating buildings across Scotland.”
Wasps trustee Alasdair Tweedie added: “I very much look forward to the opportunity to support Wasps and its tenants as a Board Trustee, contributing to the continual development, operational effectiveness and overall improvement of the estate.”
Wasps bids farewell to long-serving trustees Calum Macaulay and David Bankier, who have been key figures in the safe stewardship and development of the registered charity over the past seven years.
Home to approximately 1000 artists and creators across Scotland, Wasps opened its 20th property in 2019, Perth Creative Exchange, and is managing the final part of phase 2 of its latest development, Inverness Creative Academy, due for completion later this year.