CSG Board


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CSG Board



Councillor David McDonald

Councilor McDonald is an SNP member for the Greater Pollok ward, and is Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council.  He has served on the Board of Glasgow Life since September 2013.

Partner Directors

Dr Bridget McConnell CBE 

Chief Executive, Dr Bridget McConnell CBE


Bridget is the Chief Executive of Glasgow Life, charged with helping to change lives through cultural and sporting activity.  Glasgow Life has a budget of c.£113 million and 2,600 staff.

Bailie Elaine Ballantyne

Bailie Ballantyne was elected in May 2017 as an SNP member representing the Bailieston Ward of the city.

Councillor Maureen Burke

Councillor Burke was re-elected in May 2017 as a Labour member representing the North East ward.

Councillor Christina Cannon

Councillor Cannon was elected in May 2017 as an SNP member for the Springburn/Robroyston ward of the city.

Bailie Norman MacLeod

Bailie Norman MacLeod is in his second successive term in Office as a City Councillor for the Pollokshields ward.

In his younger days he was an extremely enthusiastic Sportsman - participating actively in Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Golf, Rugby, Tennis, Table Tennis and Squash.He played Tennis for his University and became a qualified Tennis and Table Tennis Coach.  He is a Scottish Golf Union accredited and certificated Golf Referee.His participation in sport also has included administrative roles - he having served on the Committees of his local Tennis and Golf Clubs and as a member of the Executive Committees of the West of Scotland Lawn Tennis Association and the Glasgow Golf Union.  He is Chair of Glasgow Life’s Audit Committee.


Independent Directors

Sir Angus Grossart

​Sir Angus Grossart

Sir Angus Grossart is Chairman and Managing Director of Noble Grossart Limited, the Merchant Bank which he jointly founded in 1969.  Sir Angus has a long standing and active interest in heritage, culture and the arts.  He is a former Chairman of The Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland.  He has been a Trustee and Vice Chairman of The National Heritage Memorial Fund and Chairman of The Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland.  He is Chairman of The Fine Art Society, London, The Scottish Auction House, Lyon & Turnbull, as well as The Board of Trustees of National Museums Scotland.

Sir Angus is also the Chairman of Burrell Renaissance, which is providing strategic direction for the c.£66 million refurbishment and redisplay of The Burrell Collection, including plans for international touring of objects from Sir William's great legacy to major institutions around the world. 

Benny Higgins

Benny Higgins is Chief Executive of Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director for Tesco PLC. He is also a member of the Tesco Executive Committee.

He began his career at Standard Life in 1983 where he joined as an actuarial student and became a member of the Standard Life Group Executive in 1996. In 1997, he moved to RBS to become Chief Executive of Retail Banking.  He was with RBS until 2005, during which time he led the successful integration of NatWest Retail Banking – one of the largest mergers ever undertaken in UK banking. He became Chief Executive Officer of the Retail Business of HBOS plc in 2006 before joining Tesco Bank as Chief Executive in 2008.

Under Benny’s leadership, Tesco Bank has grown to become one of the most established ‘new’ banks in the UK, serving more than 8 million customer accounts and employing 4,000 people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Newcastle. With the launch of the Tesco Bank current account in June of 2014, the Bank now offers a full range of core retail banking and insurance products.

Benny holds a First Class Honours degree in Mathematics from the University of Glasgow and became a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in 1986 after qualifying in a then record 2.5 years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board (FiSAB) and a member of the Financial Capability Board.

Outside of financial services, Benny is Chairman of the National Galleries of Scotland, a Non-Executive Director of the Buccleuch Estates, a Trustee of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, and a Princes Trust Ambassador.

Prof Lesley Sawers

​Professor Lesley Sawers

Dr S

awers was appointed Equalities and Human Rights Commissioner for Scotland in April 2016. She is also Deputy Chair of the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Executive Chair of Genanalytics Ltd. Dr Sawers was previously Vice Principal & Pro Vice Chancellor at Glasgow Caledonian University for Business, Innovation and Enterprise. Over a career spanning 30+ years in the private and public sectors her areas of expertise include Economic Strategy and Policy, Business Performance Improvement, Innovation and Strategic Stakeholder Management.


Sawers completed an independent Review into the Role and Contribution of Women to the Scottish Economy, commissioned by the Scotland Office (UK Government), published in March 2015. Following publication of this work she formed GenAnalytics Ltd, a people science analytics and insights company that works with businesses and organisations to develop and align business performance metrics with diversity and equality strategies.


Sawers was also Chief Executive of Scotland's leading independent economic policy think tank, SCDI, for 5 years. Joining from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce - where she was its first female Chief Executive in its 230 year history. Dr Sawers has also held senior leadership roles in Royal Mail Group, Scottish Power plc., CACI, Management Horizons and VisitScotland. 

Previous Non-Executive roles include VisitScotland, Action for Children UK, Commonwealth Youth Trust, Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Chair of Business Club Scotland and Chair of the Royal Mail Advisory Board in Scotland.


r Sawers has a degree in Political Economy, Glasgow University, a PhD from Stirling University, Honorary Doctorates from Strathclyde University and Glasgow Caledonian University. She is also an Honorary Professor at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dilawer Singh MBE

Dilawer Singh MBE

Dilawer Singh was the first Asian and Sikh Police Officer in Scotland and spent over 30 years with Strathclyde Police and Her Majesty's Inspectorate.  He has raised thousands of pounds for different international charities through his sporting exploits.  Dilawer was also part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid Team and now sits on sub-committees for the legacy of the Games.

He has a number of prestigious awards and titles including The Lifetime Achievement Award from The Lord Provost of Glasgow for his contribution and service to sport; Chair of Scottish Ethnic Minority Sports Association (SEMSA Scotland) and Vice Chair of the Sports Council for Glasgow.

John McCormick

​John McCormick

John graduated with a MA (Hons) in History and Economic History from Glasgow University in 1967 and taught in a Glasgow comprehensive school while completing a MEd Degree.

He joined BBC Education in 1970 and held a number of senior positions before taking up the post of Controller of BBC Scotland in 1992, responsible for all BBC activities in Scotland.  John retired from the BBC in 2004 and is currently Electoral Commissioner with Special Responsibility for Scotland and a Director of the Irvine Bay Urban Regeneration Company.

He has been Chair of The Scottish Qualifications Authority and of the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is currently Vice-Chair of Scottish Opera.  John has received Honorary Degrees from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and University of West of Scotland.  He is also a Fellow of the Royal Television Society and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Lee McConnell

​Lee McConnell

Lee is a retired Scottish and British Athlete.  From 2001 to 2012 she competed in every major championship for Scotland and Great Britain, including 3 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games, 6 World Championships and 4 European Championships.  Winning a total of 9 major championship medals.

She has also been involved with a number of initiatives for the City of Glasgow, including:

  • Part of The Bid Team for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
  • Glasgow City Council Health Commission (2008-2009)
  • Glasgow City Council Commonwealth Games Legacy Board (2011-current)
Amanda McMillan OBE

​Amanda McMillan OBE

Amanda McMillan was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton (AGS) Airports Limited in December 2014 following the sale of the three airports to Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) from Heathrow Airport Holdings.  A qualified Chartered Accountant, Ms McMillan is responsible for leading and developing a high profile, national business that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and supports over 8,200 jobs.  In addition to her role as CSE, Amanda is also the Managing Director of Glasgow Airport - a position she has held since 2008 after joining what was then BAA in October 2005.  Prior to that, Amanda also worked for worldwide drinks business Diageo, and global accountancy firm KPMG.

In June 2013, Amanda received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of services to business and tourism.  Her success as Managing Director was further recognised in October 2015 when Glasgow Airport was crowned 'UK Airport of the Year' at the National Transport Awards in London.  Amanda also holds a number of positions outwith AGS Airports Limited, including Member of the First Minister of Scotland's Council of Economic Advisers; Non-Executive Director of utilities firm Business Stream; Member of the University of Glasgow Business School Advisory Board; Ambassador for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.

Professor Anton Muscatelli

​Professor Anton Muscatelli

Anton Mu

scatelli has been Prinipal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, since October 2009. From 2007-2009 he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. An economist, his research interests are monetary economics, central bank independence, fiscal policy, international finance and macro economics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


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