Steve Inch OBE

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Retired Executive Director, Development + Regeneration Services, Glasgow CC



GoMA, Royal Exchange Square, Merchant City
Glasgow's regeneration over the past 30 years has transformed the city into a vibrant European centre for the arts

GoMA, Royal Exchange Square, Merchant City


Steve Inch

Over the last 30 years Glasgow has seen a remarkable reversal in fortunes transforming from post-industrial wilderness into a vibrant cultural and creative centre. One of the leading players in this process is the recently retired Executive Director for Development and Regeneration Services at Glasgow City Council, Steve Inch, OBE. Steve Inch was responsible for a number of the city’s most important strategic economic development and planning initiatives including the Glasgow City Plan, the Joint Economic Strategy, Glasgow Tourism Action Plan, and the Commonwealth Games Village Bid documents. He has also made a vitally important contribution to the arts and creative industries in the city both as a driving force behind the 1999 City of Architecture and Design bid and as leader of more recent initiatives such as Trongate 103. The Glasgow School of Art today recognised his outstanding contribution to the regeneration of the City and to the growth and development of the arts and creative industries with a DUniv conferred by the University of Glasgow.

“Steve Inch has had a seminal influence not only on the regeneration of Glasgow, but on the growth of the arts and creative industries in the city”, says Professor Reid. “The strength of Glasgow’s cultural infrastructure has been key to attracting and retaining talent and Steve has be instrumental in creating the environment in which innovation and creativity can flourish.”

Steve Inch says, "Prior to retiring from Glasgow City Council I worked with GSA on a great many projects and am therefore fully aware of the role it has played in the ongoing regeneration of the city. I feel deeply honoured that my contribution has been recognised through the award of this Honorary Doctorate, and I look forward to continuing to support GSA in the years to come."

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy at Glasgow City Council adds, “how fitting that Steve Inch has received an Honorary Doctorate from The Glasgow School of Art. During almost three decades of service to the city council he played a pivotal role in the regeneration of Glasgow. A large part of this was achieved through the realisation of the value of Glasgow’s cultural sector to our economy. His work at board level in organisations such as Glasgow Film Office and the Glasgow International Jazz and Comedy Festivals provide a small illustration of his dedication to improving our economic and cultural life. It gives me great pleasure to see yet more recognition, in addition to his OBE, for the sterling work that Steve has done for this city.”