Dr Scott Taylor



Scott is the former chief executive of the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB).

Born in Manchester, Scott spent the first 18 years of his life living and working in hotels. He next headed to Glasgow, where he attended the University of Strathclyde between 1980 and 1984, gaining a BA (Hons) in Hotel Management and Marketing.

From 1985 until 1997 Scott worked in the hotel industry culminating in him being appointed as the general manager of the Central Hotel Glasgow. In 1998 Scott began working for the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board (GGCVTB) being promoted to the position of chief executive in 2004. Scott left GGCVTB to establish GCMB, as their founding chief executive, which came into operation on April 1, 2005. He stepped down as chief executive in early 2016.

Under Scott’s leadership, GCMB won 24 awards in 10 years, including Best UK Convention Bureau for 10 consecutive years, and the Gold Award for Brand Implementation at the Transform Awards in 2014 for developing the city’s brand People Make Glasgow.

During Scott’s time as chief executive, GCMB brought 3500 conferences to the city worth more than £1.2bn and helped win major events such as the UEFA Cup Final 2007, MTV Europe Music Awards and the MOBO Awards to name a few.

Scott was a member of the original bidding team for the Commonwealth Games in Colombo in 2007, which took place in the city of Glasgow from July 23 to August 3, 2014.

He is an ambassador for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity − continuing the care of Yorkhill Children’s Charity and the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, in Glasgow. He is supported by his wife, Carol and two grown up children, Holly and John, both alumni of GCU, as well as his family and friends in the UK and abroad.

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