The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Council members

The 37 members of Council have a significant role to play in shaping the teaching profession of Scotland, maintaining and improving professional standards, and contributing to the development of teacher professionalism and Scottish education.

Council membership follows a rolling programme with election, nomination and appointments processes taking place every two years and half of the members stepping down at the end of each two year period. This is based on a four year term of office for Council members.

Categories of members

Members fall into one of the following categories:

Membership for 2016 - 2018

View a full list of Council Membership - 2016-18 (PDF)

* Denotes a Registered Teacher

Table 1: Elected Members

Name Category Term of Office Committee Membership Register of Interests

Richard J A Bell* (Teacher)

Richard Bell

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee

Patrick J Boyle*
(Teacher)

Patrick J Boyle

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Member of Staffing Sub-Committee

Craig Carson(Teacher)

Craig Carson

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee

Alison Chambers*

Alison Chambers

Further Education Teachers/ Lecturers To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Education Committee

Marie Lyon*
(Headteacher)

Marie Connor

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) - Reserved Headteacher seat To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Convener of Staffing Sub-Committee

Paula Cowan*

Paula Cowan

Universities providing courses of Initial Teacher Education Teachers/ Lecturers To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee

Karen J Farrell*
(Teacher)

Karen Farrell

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Anne Saunders

 

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  •  Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Margaret Forster* (Headteacher)

Margaret Forster

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee
           

Robyn Wisbey

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

William M Hamilton*
(Teacher)

William Hamilton

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Convener of Audit Sub-Committee

David Innes*
(Teacher)

David Innes

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee
  • Convener of Standard for Headship Professional Interview Panels
           

Vacancy

To 1 April 2020

Paula J McEwan*
(Teacher)

Paula McEwen

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Member of Education Committee
           

Vacancy

To 1 April 2020

Helen Sedgwick*
(Teacher)

Helen Sedgwick

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Audit Sub-Committee
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Edith Swinley*
(Teacher)

Edith Swinley

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Convener of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee
  • Convener of Standard for Headship Professional Interview Panels

Derek A Thompson*
(Headteacher)

Derek Thompson

Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers)
(Reserved Headteacher seat)
To 1 April 2018
  • Convener of Council
  • Convener of Executive Committee
  • Member of Education Committee
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee
  • Convener of Standard for Headship Professional Interview Panels

Martin Whitfield* (Teacher)

Martin Whitfield

Primary/Nursery Teachers (including Headteachers) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Table 2: Nominated Members

Name Category Term of Office Committee Membership Register of Interests

Helen Budge*

Helen Budge

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (following consultation with the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland)

To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee

Sue Ellis

Sue Ellis

Universities Scotland (following consultation with universities providing courses of Initial Teacher Education) To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Audit Sub-Committee
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Dorothy Ferguson

Dorothy Ferguson

Church of Scotland To 1 April 2020
  • Vice Convener of Council
  • Vice Convener of Executive Committee
  • Member of Education Committee
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Donald Gillies*

Donald Gillies

Universities Scotland (following consultation with universities providing courses of Initial Teacher Education) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Margaret Lannon*

margaret-lannon

Scottish Council of Independent Schools To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Education Committee

Vacancy

 

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (following consultation with the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland) To 1 April 2020
           

Vacancy

Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (following consultation with the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland) To 1 April 2020

 

Neil Roarty

 Neil Roarty

Roman Catholic Church To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Barrie Sheppard

Barrie Sheppard

Parent Councils and Combined Parent Councils To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

David Alexander

David Alexander

Further Education Colleges To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Education Committee

Neil Simco*

Neil Simco

Universities Scotland (following consultation with universities providing courses of Initial Teacher Education) To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Vice Convener of Finance and General Purposes Committee
  • Convener of Standard for Headship Professional Interview Panels

Table 3: Appointed Members

Name Category Term of Office Committee Membership Register of Interests
           

Vacancy           

Lay Member To 1 April 2020

Audrey Cowie

Audrey Cowie

Lay Member To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Vice Convener of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson

Lay Member To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Executive Committee
  • Convener of Finance and General Purposes Committee

David McCue

David McCue

Lay Member To 1 April 2018
  • Vice Convener of Audit Sub-Committee
  • Member of Finance and General Purposes Committee

David Mitchell

David Mitchell

Lay Member To 1 April 2018
  • Vice Convener of Education Committee
  • Member of Executive Committee

Robert Pearson

Robbie Pearson

Lay Member To 1 April 2020
  • Member of Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Lay Member To 1 April 2018
  • Member of Education Committee