Dr Bridget McConnell CBE

Dr Bridget McConnell CBE

Dr Bridget McConnell CBE
Dr Bridget McConnell CBE
Chief Executive

Bridget leads a staff of 2,600, with an annual budget c. £110 million, helping to change lives through cultural, sporting and learning activity. Glasgow Life is a charity, which delivers services on behalf of Glasgow City Council.

Bridget is the strategic lead for building on Glasgow’s reputation as a vibrant, world-class home of cultural and sporting excellence. She also leads the city’s destination marketing, including the city’s PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW brand and award-winning convention business.

Career highlights have included the £30 million refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the opening of the £74 million Riverside Museum, which was recently named European Museum of the Year, and the opening of the £113 million Emirates Arena.

Bridget was instrumental in Glasgow securing the 2014 Commonwealth Games and was a member of the Organising Committee. At Glasgow 2014, Bridget was the Director of Culture and Ceremonies and oversaw the delivery of much of the required sport and cultural infrastructure. She led the creative narrative for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the Cultural Programme and the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Bridget is overseeing the inaugural European Championships to be held in Glasgow and Berlin in 2018 and the Burrell Renaissance, the c.£66 million project to refurbish and redisplay one of the world’s finest, single art collections. She also led on the £35 refurbishment of the Kelvin Hall as a world-class centre for heritage, learning, culture and sport – and is driving forward ambitious plans which will turn the historic building into a cultural icon for contemporary art and heritage.

Having served on numerous national committees and boards including the Scottish Arts Council, Heritage Lottery Fund for Scotland, Scottish Arts Lobby (Vice Chair) and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Vice Chair), Bridget is currently a board member of the Public Catalogue Foundation (Art UK) and Arts and Business Scotland.

A graduate of St Andrews and Stirling Universities and Dundee College of Commerce where she gained a MA (Hons) in Fine Arts, Diploma in Industrial Administration, M Ed and Doctor of Education, Bridget is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and has been awarded honorary degrees from the Universities of St Andrews, Aberdeen, Glasgow and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Bridget was made a CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for Services to Culture.​

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