The General Teaching Council for Scotland

GTCS elects new Convener

Friday 27 April 2018

Council members of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) have elected Aberdeen Headteacher David Innes as their new Convener.

The election took place at the GTCS headquarters at Clerwood House, Edinburgh on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

David Innes has over 35 years’ experience of working in Scottish education, most recently as Headteacher of Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen City.

As Convener, Mr Innes will chair Council meetings, provide leadership of the Council and carry out a range of ceremonial, ambassadorial and other delegated duties on behalf of GTCS. On being appointed to the position, he 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 GTCS."

“As a teacher going through my career I perhaps did not have as much awareness of the scope of the work of GTCS as I should have. With the arrival of the new standards a few years ago I took an increasing interest in GTCS and decided to stand for election to the 2016–2018 Council.”

“I was delighted to be elected to serve on that Council and the last two years have been the most intensive professional development of my career. I have had the privilege to see the breadth and quality of the work undertaken by GTCS on behalf of our 75,000 registrants and for the benefit of children and communities across Scotland.”

“Our GTCS has rightly received international acclaim for its work in the areas of registration, regulation and professional learning. We cannot, however, rest on our laurels and the 2018–2020 Council will be providing governance and oversight to a very ambitious programme of activities GTCS is undertaking.”

“Myself and my colleagues on the new Council are all fully committed to ensuring that GTCS continues to build on its international reputation and retains high levels of confidence from the profession and wider community we serve”.

At the same meeting a number of other members were elected to the following positions:

 Conveners  Elected  Category
 Vice Convener of Council  
Edith Swinley
 Elected member (Primary/ Nursery)
• Principal Teacher – Fife Council
Education Committee Convener
 Craig Carson  Elected member (Primary/ Nursery)
• West Primary School – Renfrewshire Council
 Finance and General Purposes Committee Convener  Ian Jackson  Appointed Lay member -
• Director for Scotland, General Dental Council
 Professional Regulatory Assurance Committee Convener  Audrey Cowie  Appointed Lay member –
• Non-Executive Director, Health Professional