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Dr Pauline Stephen appointed Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Teaching Council for Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Pauline Stephen as its next Chief Executive and Registrar.

Pauline was appointed after a competitive interview before a panel of GTC Scotland Council members and replaces Ken Muir who has held the post for the past seven years. She is GTC Scotland’s first female Chief Executive since it was set up in 1965 as the professional body to register and regulate the teaching profession in Scotland.
Pauline began her career in education as a primary teacher becoming Principal Psychologist in Aberdeenshire Council and Director of Schools and Learning in Angus Council before joining GTC Scotland as Director of Education, Registration and Professional Learning in October 2019. In her current role, she has been leading the revision of GTC Scotland’s Professional Standards for Teachers and the programme to register college lecturers.
Following her appointment, Pauline said “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead GTC Scotland. Our work to enable professionalism in teaching continues and I am looking forward to working with our partners to build on our legacy and focus on enhancing services to the profession and the public.”
Departing Chief Executive, Ken Muir said “I am delighted that Pauline is succeeding me as GTC Scotland’s next Chief Executive and Registrar. In her time with us, she has brought a wide range of skills and local authority experiences that have served GTC Scotland and its registrants well. As the organisation moves into the next stage of a longer-term transformational change programme, Pauline is well placed to give the strong and creative leadership that will ensure GTC Scotland enhances its role as a world-class professional body.”
Council Convener, David Innes said “Pauline brings a depth of experience to the role of CEO of GTC Scotland having held senior leadership positions in two Local Authorities as well as with GTC Scotland. In each of these roles she has shown insight, talent and enthusiasm along with a strong commitment to supporting teachers and learners and maintaining public confidence in the profession. She will bring these qualities to her new role as she builds on the outstanding work GTC Scotland has taken forward under the stewardship of our current CEO Ken Muir.
Pauline will take up her new post before March 2021.