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Executive 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.


Chief Executive

Gayle Gorman

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.​​


Strategic Director, ​Scrutiny​

Janie McManus

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.


Strategic Director

Alan Armstrong Alan Armstrong

Alan Armstrong has responsibility for education Scotland’s evidence-led National Improvement Initiatives and evidence-informed Professional Advice to Scottish Government on Policy Development and Policy Implementation. This includes major national initiatives, such as the ongoing implementation of Curriculum for Excellence; STEM; Developing the Young Workforce; Digital Learning and Teaching; the Learner Journey; Community Learning & Development; Inclusion, Wellbeing and Equality; and the expansion of quality learning in the Early Learning and Childcare sector. His team work very closely with our regional teams of Curriculum, Inclusion, CLD and other specialists to ensure National Development Activities support local capacity building swiftly and first-hand evidence of good practice and innovation informs our work across Scottish Government Directorates.

Alan is a former President, and current Board Member, of the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE). CIDREE’s network of key national education bodies for Policy Advice and National Curriculum Development in 17 countries provides regular opportunities to share expertise across all aspects of education, learn from others and benchmark the quality of education in Scotland.


Strategic Director

Gillian Hamilton 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.


Strategic Director for Regional Improvement

Maria Walker

Maria Walker took up her post as Strategic Director for Regional Improvement in 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. The regional teams will work with practitioners and policy makers to support the changing system within Scotland, supporting collaboration and assisting professionals within a more empowered system to develop solutions and practice which support their context.

Maria’s previous role was as Director of Education and Children’s Services in Aberdeenshire, moving on from ​Depute Director in Perth and Kinross. Working in both rural and urban centres, Maria trained as both a primary teacher and adult education worker and she has held a variety of roles in education and community learning and development across Scotland.​

​Strategic Director of Corporate Services and​ Governance

Brian Taylor​​​

​Brian Taylor has overall responsibility for leading on th​e 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 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 Management Board.

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