News | Published April 27 2020

General Teaching Council for Scotland elects new convener

Members of the General Teaching Council for Scotland [GTC Scotland] have re-elected former Aberdeen headteacher David Innes as the council’s new convener.

Council members took part in a special video-conference meeting on April 22, during which the poll to elect the convener among other council positions was held.

Innes was most recently the headteacher of Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen and has over 35 years’ experience working in Scottish education.

His responsibilities as convener will include chairing GTC Scotland meetings and carrying out several ceremonial, ambassadorial and other duties on the council’s behalf.

Following his re-appointment, Innes said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to serve our profession, our young people and their communities in the role of convener of GTC Scotland.

“I served on the 2016-2020 council and over the last two years held the role of convener. Through this I have seen first-hand the breadth and quality of the work undertaken by GTC Scotland on behalf of our 76,600 registrants and for the benefit of children and communities across Scotland.

“GTC Scotland is held in very high regard by the teaching profession and it has rightly received national and international acclaim for its work in registration, regulation and professional learning.

“Myself and my colleagues on the new council are all fully committed to ensuring GTC Scotland continues to build on its international reputation and retains the highest levels of confidence from the profession and wider community we serve".

During the meeting, other council members were elected to numerous positions.

Khadija Mohammed, the University West of Scotland vice principal [Research and Impact] at the University of the Highlands and Islands, was elected as vice convener of GTC Scotland.

Secondary school teacher Iain Macmillan of Fraserburgh Academy in Aberdeenshire was named Education Committee convener, while Neil Simco, vice principal [Research and Impact] at the University of the Highlands and Islands, was elected as the convener of the council’s Finance and Corporate Services Committee.

Meanwhile, Lorraine McBride, headteacher of Greenhill Primary School in North Lanarkshire, was elected as the convener for the council’s Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee.

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Alexander Bridge-Wilkinson
Junior Editor
April 27 2020

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