Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust (GBBPT)
The purpose of Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust is to help deliver the refurbishment of the baths, including liaising with the architects and contractors. The Board is made up of people with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. Here is a bit more information about them:
David runs Cook Creative, a consultancy founded in 2015 which supports creative and social companies with business change and property development. Previously Chief Executive of Wasps Artists’ Studios for 23 years, David has worked with numerous creative and social clients throughout Scotland and other parts of the UK. David is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and a previous winner of the EY Scottish Social Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Niall has nearly 20 years’ experience as an architect, and, as Deputy Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust, is heavily involved in heritage, conservation, and community issues in Glasgow. He is also Vice Chair for the Pollokshields Trust and Co-opted Planning Convener for Pollokshields Community Council. From 2008 to 2018, Niall served as chair of Pollokshields Heritage, and from 2016 – 2018 he was a member of the Development Management Working Group for the Scottish Government’s Planning Review. Niall has won the Glasgow Doors Open Day Excellence Award for Inspiring City Tour (2017), the Glasgow Doors Open Day Above and Beyond Award (2014), and was nominated for the Scottish Civic Trust’s My Place Award for Civic Champion in 2015.
Karen is an architect at Page\Park with 20 years’ experience of working on historic buildings. She has recently joined the GIA Council and sits on the Conservation Committee. Karen has worked on a wide variety of projects, including the restoration of Holmwood House, Maggie’s Centre at the Gatehouse, McManus Galleries Dundee, Rosslyn Chapel Visitor Centre, and Fettes College in Edinburgh. She currently leads the education, workplace and health sector at Page\Park. Page\Park is an employee-owned business and Karen is a trustee of the Employee Benefit Trust, which protects the ethos and culture of the practice for the employees. Karen is also a part-time tutor at Glasgow School of Art on the Architectural Technology course, and is an external examiner at Northumbria University.
Dave lives nearby and became involved in the campaign to save Govanhill Baths from the very beginning. Now retired, he previously worked in planning and housing for Glasgow City Council and for over thirty years as a project officer for a number of local Housing Associations in Glasgow. For most of that period he was the convenor of the Unite trade union’s Scottish Housing Branch, and, although retired, he remains an active trade unionist and campaigner.
Gordon has enjoyed a wide and varied career, from surveying in the private sector to management within City Building and Glasgow City Council. This was followed by a number of years with Glasgow Housing Association as Head of Neighbourhood Improvements. His career has since focused on a more social element. He is currently working closely with Community Empowerment, Development and Regeneration Services and City Property on a variety of projects, as well as being Chair of two Eurocities Working Groups on Roma Inclusion and Homelessness. He is also closely involved with Big Noise Govanhill. Gordon has been actively involved with his local community for many years on a voluntary basis and is currently Treasurer of his local community centre. He has an MBA from Strathclyde University.
Paul has worked in economic development for more than 25 years. He is currently Skills Planning Lead with Skills Development Scotland, as well as an independent consultant, and has previously held roles with CSV, Scottish Enterprise, PZA consulting, and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Paul has volunteered as a trustee with many cultural and heritage organisations, including 10 years with the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. In addition to GBBPT, Paul is currently a Director of Glasgow Film, Scottish Youth Theatre, and the Digital Xtra Fund.