Gayle Gorman was appointed as Chief Executive and Chief Inspector of Education on 4 December 2017, and is the Accountable Officer for the organisation. Gayle is responsible to Scottish Ministers 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.
The primary focus for Gayle will be leading Education Scotland’s 300 staff to deliver the enhanced role set out in the Scottish Government’s Next Steps document, and will oversee the newly appointed Regional Improvement Collaboratives, where 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 for Literacy, where she was responsible for leading the National Literacy Strategy 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, first with Essex and Suffolk County Councils as an Ofsted Inspector, and subsequently with the Department of Education (DfE). Gayle is a Trustee of the Gordon Cook Foundation.
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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.
Alan Armstrong has strategic responsibility for ensuring the impact of CfE, including priorities in curriculum areas, learner pathways and national qualifications. He is also the strategic lead for employability, skills and creativity, and for embedding digital literacy and learning. He provides leadership and direction for the Scottish Learning Festival and the Scottish Education Awards. Alan is the Executive Team lead for Education Scotland's international engagement.
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.
Maria Walker took up her post as Strategic Director for Regional Improvement in late August 2018. The post has a focus on supporting Regional Improvement Collaboratives and in developing a regional approach to the work of Education Scotland, including the support to Local Authorities. Maria’s previous role was as Director of Education and Children’s Services in Aberdeenshire and she has held a variety of roles in education and community learning an development across Scotland.
Brian Taylor 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. He is currently seconded from his role as the Scottish Government’s Senior Risk Manager, that includes responsibility for maintaining effective support networks with other public bodies on governance themes.
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 Management Board.
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