David Cook takes the helm at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust has announced the appointment of David Cook as its new Director.
Now in its 40th year, the key appointment will strengthen the important work of the Trust.
David has strong conservation project and extensive leadership experience in social enterprise organisations and trusts.
A Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, he was previously chief executive of Wasps Artists’ Studios for over 20 years and subsequently ran his own consultancy with clients across Scotland.
For the last four decades, the Trust has undertaken the vital work of bringing old buildings back to life and helping to rescue, repair, restore and rehabilitate historic buildings at risk across the city.
It has worked in partnership with others to give redundant buildings a new purpose and return them to their communities – something which has been Glasgow Building Preservation Trust’s driving purpose - as well as initiating and managing Glasgow’s ever-popular Doors Open Day.
Charles Turner, chair of the Trust, said: “We are delighted to make this announcement. After a lengthy and thorough recruitment process, David was the outstanding candidate bringing a mix of experience, personal values, vision and enthusiasm to this unique post. We are confident he will bring new and additional skills to our team.We are looking forward to celebrating and promoting our city’s architecture and its rich built heritage while continuing the close working relationship we have between the staff team and the Board.”
David said: “I am proud and very excited to take on the role as Director of this amazing organisation and look forward to working with the team and partners across the city to build on the Trust’s fantastic legacy and address the many challenges facing historic buildings in Glasgow.”
David has been actively involved – along with many others - in the community-led restoration of the iconic Govanhill Baths in the city’s Allison Street.
Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust are currently engaged in an active dialogue and are conducting diligence prior to formal consideration by both Boards for GBPT to take over project management of Govanhill Baths from May onwards.