Glasgow Life has announced Susan Deighan as their new Chief Executive.

Susan, 57, helped to establish Glasgow Life in 2007 and previously occupied roles such as Deputy Chief Executive and Director of City Marketing and External Relations.

She will replace Dr Bridget McConnell CBE upon her retirement after nearly 24 years in the post.

Susan said: “I’m really delighted to be appointed the new Chief Executive of Glasgow Life; the wonderful charity which benefits the people of Glasgow through culture and sport.

"I’m looking forward to working with colleagues and partners to contribute to the city’s social and economic recovery and to leading Glasgow Life towards an ambitious and sustainable future.”  

Susan was born in Glasgow and has had a career in arts and culture spanning 30 years.

Her early work included being part of the preparations for the City of Culture celebrations in 1990. 

With Glasgow Life, Susan has been involved with tourism, museums and collections, arts, music and cultural venues, and marketing communications.

She also leads the city’s destination marketing, which includes the People Make Glasgow brand and award-winning Glasgow Convention Bureau.

Susan will bring to the role her experience in managing large public sector organisations as well as her passion for advocating Glasgow's tourism industry. 

Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Susan’s passion for Glasgow, and for culture and sport, is infectious. She’s a tremendous asset to the city – a natural leader and strategic thinker, and her knowledge, creativity and networks will ensure Glasgow Life continues to play a critical role at the heart of Glasgow’s communities.

“Our highly valued services and programmes are fundamental to supporting the city’s mental, physical and economic wellbeing, and under Susan’s dynamic leadership I’m confident Glasgow Life will continue to achieve its mission of inspiring every citizen and visitor to become engaged and active in a city globally renowned for culture and sport.

"On behalf of Glasgow Life’s Board, I congratulate Susan on her appointment and wish her every success in her new role.”

Susan will take up the role of Chief Executive from April 25.