Leadership Team

Education Scotland is an Agency of the Scottish Government and was established in 2011. Education Scotland is charged with supporting quality and improvement in Scottish education and thereby securing the delivery of better learning experiences and outcomes for Scottish learners of all ages.

Gayle Gorman - Chief Executive

Gayle Gorman was appointed as Chief Executive and HMI Chief Inspector of Education in December 2017, and is the Accountable Officer for the organisation. Gayle is responsible for the leadership of Education Scotland in driving quality improvement for learners across Scotland in order to raise attainment for all and close the attainment gap.

Gayle leads Education Scotland’s staff to deliver the enhanced role set out in the Scottish Government’s Next Steps document, and leads both the HMIe teams and support teams at Education Scotland. Gayle has previously had the role of Regional Improvement Lead for the Northern Alliance Improvement Collaborative, which was comprised of eight local authorities across the north of Scotland.

Gayle brings a wealth of experience from her role as Director of Education and Children’s Services with Aberdeen City Council since 2012, and was the strategic lead for education, children’s social work, culture and sport. Prior to her appointment at Aberdeen City Council, Gayle was the Director of Learning at Cambridgeshire County Council and National Senior Director at the National Strategies, in England. In this role, she helped to shape major educational policies at a national level. In her early career, she was a primary teacher, before she became involved in curriculum development, was an Ofsted Inspector, and led a range of projects within the Department of Education (DfE). Gayle is also chair and Trustee of the Gordon Cook Foundation.


Janie McManus - Strategic Director, Scrutiny

Janie McManus is responsible for leading and directing inspection programmes across Education Scotland in line with our Framework Document, ensuring they provide assurance on quality and improvement in education and ensuring inspection makes significant contribution to Education Scotland’s suite of improvement approaches. She has responsibility for the future direction of all Education Scotland's scrutiny work.

Previously, Janie has worked jointly with Scottish Government developing the Scottish Attainment Challenge programme, was seconded to work with The Standing International Conference of Inspectorates to develop their strategic plan, and has also led Education Scotland’s work with local authorities.


Gillian Hamilton - Strategic Director, Corporate Services and Governance and Professional Learning and Leadership

Gillian Hamilton

Gillian Hamilton was appointed as Strategic Director when the roles and functions of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) transferred to Education Scotland on 01 April 2018. Gillian has responsibility for Professional Learning and Leadership, as well as for Organisational Development within Education Scotland. Prior to the transfer, Gillian was the first Chief Executive of SCEL at its inception in 2014.

Gillian has worked in Scottish education for 28 years and has held posts as a primary teacher, senior teacher, depute headteacher and headteacher in schools in Glasgow, North and East Ayrshire. Gillian was Head of Educational Services at GTC Scotland for three years before becoming Chief Executive where she led the revision of the Professional Standards and the pilot programmes of Professional Update, which was rolled out nationally in August 2014.

She has been a member of a number of national educational groups with a focus on professional learning and leadership. She is currently a member of the Strategic Board for Teacher Education and the Head Teacher Recruitment working group.

Gillian also has overall responsibility for leading on the effective development and delivery of overall corporate strategy, governance, business planning and performance management, including the effective delivery of all the internal enabling functions, including finance, HR and IT, designed to ensure effective delivery of our outcomes.


Patricia Watson - Strategic Director, Regional

Patricia WatsonPatricia has over 35 years’ experience in Scottish education. A graduate of University of Stirling and with an MEd from University of Edinburgh, she started her career in 1986 as a secondary teacher of religious and moral education in the Scottish Borders and progressed to a senior role within the local authority before moving back to a teaching post in her home town of Dundee where still lives.

Prior to becoming HM Inspector of Education in 2007, she worked with Learning and Teaching Scotland on the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence. She was a principal assessor for the Scottish Qualifications Authority for a number of years, leading the introduction and development of intermediate 1 & 2 qualifications in RMPS. Within HMIe and with Education Scotland, Patricia has led a range of significant national initiatives including some key recommendations from Teaching Scotland’s Future, the development of the current (4th edition) of the quality indicator framework “How Good Is Our School?” and the development of regional improvement collaboratives, working first with the Tayside RIC and more recently with the West Partnership. She is Strategic Director for Regional Improvement and also Education Scotland’s senior responsible officer for the Scottish Attainment Challenge.


Ollie Bray - Strategic Director, Curriculum Innovation, Design and Pedagogy

Ollie BrayOllie has responsibility for curriculum, pedagogy and innovation at Education Scotland. This responsibility includes major national initiatives, such as the ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence; Glow; STEM; Developing the Young Workforce; Digital Learning and Teaching; the Learner Journey; 1+2 Languages; Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equality and Curriculum Innovation (including pedagogy and assessment).

Immediately before re-joining Education Scotland he was Global Director: Connecting Play and Education at the LEGO Foundation where he led the Foundations work related to education improvement through the use of technology and play. Prior to joining the LEGO Foundation he was headteacher of Kingussie High School, Highland. He started his career at the Glenmore Lodge (the sportscotland national outdoor training centre) before becoming a geography teacher and going on to hold a number of promoted posts in East Lothian.


Craig Clement - Strategic Director, Regional Locality Performance and Improvement

Craig has responsibility for three Regional Teams. He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for Education Scotland Transformation Programme and will lead on a number of developments including Empowerment and Performance.

Prior to joining Education Scotland Craig was Head of Resources and Performance at Aberdeenshire Council where he was responsible for Early Years, Performance and Improvement, School Estate and Budget.

In 2017, Craig was seconded to Scottish Futures Trust for one year, where he worked with colleagues from Scottish Government and Local Government on the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare.

Craig was also formerly Chair of the ADES Resource Network.


Gill Ritchie - Strategic Director, Scrutiny (Interim)

Gill RitchieGill Ritchie is responsible for leading and directing inspection programmes across Education Scotland, with a particular focus on tertiary education and the senior phase. She has responsibility, alongside Janie McManus, for the future direction of Education Scotland's scrutiny work.

Previously, Gill enjoyed a lengthy career in the college sector, having held several senior roles. Gill joined Education Scotland as an HM Inspector of Education in 2013 and worked across a number of areas of tertiary inspection and review including colleges, work-based learning, careers information advice and guidance, and private colleges and English language schools. Gill has worked jointly with Scottish Government, the Scottish Funding Council, and Skills Development Scotland in developing approaches to inspection and review in a number of areas.


Non-Executive Board Member (NEBM)

Independent non-executive board members are selected and appointed by the Chief Executive. Their role is to provide constructive advice and support to the Chief Executive, including contributing to reviews of strategic direction and operating and business plans. NEBMs will be expected to offer, as appropriate, constructive critical challenge to the Advisory Board.