Ann Allen receives MBE

Published: 20 May 2019

MBE medal received at ceremony at Buckingham Palace

On Thursday 16 May, Ann Allen, the University’s Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services, collected her MBE at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The award, announced in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list, was made by Prince Charles for Services to Higher Education.


Ann said: “I am thrilled to receive the award and, whilst very pleased to have the University recognised, I am also pleased that this recognised the contribution that Estates Teams can make within Higher Education.

“I am also very clear that whilst I have received the recognition, it is really a team effort which includes the senior team in Estates and Commercial Services as well as senior members of SMG who have supported and encouraged me to make sure the Campus Development is as transformational as possible.”

Ann is a Chartered Surveyor with over 35 years’ experience working for such organisations as John Lewis; HBOS and UK Government. 

She has several non-executive roles; in particular she is Chair of the Architecture Design Scotland Board; has recently become a member of the Scottish Futures Trust Board; she sits on the Scottish Executive of the BCO; and is also a member of the Construction Scotland Leadership Board.

Ann is a Trustee of National Museums of Scotland, and chairs its Estate Committee. She is also a member of Women in Property as well as the Association of University Directors of Estates.

First published: 20 May 2019