The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Appointments Committee members

The Appointments Committee is responsible for:

  • overseeing the appointment of seven lay members of Council and registered teacher and lay members of GTC Scotland's Fitness to Teach/ Registration Panels and Appeals Board. This involves:
    • arranging for vacancies to be advertised
    • sifting applications
    • interviewing candidates
    • reviewing references
    • arranging for successful candidates to be notified
    • reporting to Council on the appointments made;


  • adjudicating any membership disqualification, removal or suspension issues in respect of Council member or panel appointee positions.

The Appointments Committee includes registered teachers and lay people who are independent of the GTC Scotland Council. The work of the Appointments Committee is based in Scotland and principally at GTC Scotland's Edinburgh office.

Appointments Committee Members

Name MEMBERSHIP Status Register of Interests

Lorraine Brown

Lorraine Brown

Lay Member (Convener)

Biographical Details

I am a Human Resources and Project Management professional with a private sector background. I hold the positions of Council Member with the Scottish Social Services Council and Employer Lay Member of the Employment Tribunal.

I sit on the Equalities Law and Rights of Audience Committees with the Law Society of Scotland.

In 2011, I was Regional Manager for Scotland's Census in the West Lothian and Falkirk council areas.

I have a BA (Hons) in Marketing with Russian and French from Strathclyde University and spent a year at Kaza State University in Russia. I am a member of the CIPD.

I am also a member of Alzheimer Scotland.

Anja Amsel


Lay Member

Biographical Details

My full working life has mainly been in the field of social housing and providing accommodation for people with special needs.

Currently, I am a Public Appointments Consultant.

I was previously an Independent Assessor for Public Appointments with Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPAS).

Committee Member of Postwatch until it was subsumed into the Consumer Council.

Previous Board member of Big Lottery Fund, Scotland.  Previous Public member of Network Rail.  Past Lay member of the Appeals Tribunal Service.

Many years services as volunteer with Citizens Advice Bureau as special adviser on Child Support Agency matters.

My current interests are primarily community based.  I am Vice Chair of the local Community Council and Honorary President of the Edinburgh Old Town Association.

I am an ardent believer in the state educational system which my own children have successfully navigated and was involved in parent teacher associations at the appropriate time.

Greg Dempster

Greg Dempster

Lay Member

Biographical Details

For more than a decade I have worked as the General Secretary at the AHDS.  In that time the organisation has grown in membership and influence as well as adding training and events to its offering.  I am also a member of the Board of the European School Heads Association.

Before joining AHDS I worked for the Scottish Government in a range of different policy fields.

Frances Dow

Frances Dow

Lay Member

Biographical Details

Since retiring as a Vice Principal at the University of Edinburgh I have held a number of appointments in the public and voluntary sectors, mainly in healthcare and education.

  • From 2003 to 2008 I served as a Lay Member in the UK Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, now the Professional Standards Authority. This body oversees the regulatory functions (including fitness to practise) of the nine healthcare regulators across the UK.
  • I am currently a member of the Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards.
  • Recently I have done pieces of work with the Scottish Government and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) relating to medical revalidation, and have served on two HIS reviews relating to scrutiny and assurance.
  • I have also chaired Scottish Government steering groups on standards for Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (2010-12).
  • From 2005-12 I was a member of the governing body of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
  • I am honorary secretary of a charity (CARA) which seeks to assist those in higher education in any part of the world who are threatened with discrimination, persecution, or suffering on account of their race, religion, nationality or political or social persuasion.

Ann M Fisher


Registered Teacher Member

Biographical Details

I started teaching in 1972 and taught in Glasgow, Easter Ross, Nigeria and Sultanate of Oman before taking a break to have a family.

During this time, I started and ran a small business and wrote a humorous column for "The Herald", I returned to supply teaching in 1995 and undertook further study in Additional Support Needs in 2000.

After completing an M.Sc. in Additional Support and becoming a Chartered Teacher, I became an EIS hearing Representative and developed an interest in Lifelong Learning. I have been a member of the GTCS Appointments Committee for 4 years and am proud to serve for a further term.

Charles McAteer

Charles McAteer

Registered Teacher Member

Biographical Details

I had experience of being a Head Teacher of two very different Secondary Schools, one rural and one urban, over a period of eighteen years.  I was seconded for two years  to develop leadership programmes, raise attainment and produce policy for my local authority,  I continue to be involved as an assessor/moderator for FRH.

I had the good fortune to be President of HAS, to have served as a Director of SPTC for ten years and to have been a part of a British Council Project in Brazil over a four year period.  The focus of the project was leadership, planning and pedagogy.

I have served on GTCS Fitness to Teach Panels and currently a Lay Member of the Joint Standing Committee for Legal Education for Scotland.

June Stewart

June Stewart

Registered Teacher Member

Biographical Details

After graduating from Moray House in 1974 I worked in Primary Schools in a range of social-economic settings in the then Central Region and Aberdeen City.

From 1992-2009 I was Head Teacher of 3 different Primary Schools in Aberdeen City. In my last school I was instrumental in establishing an Additional Support Needs Base in 2004 as I was committed to providing inclusive education for all children. I actively supported health promotion in particular physical activity.

I am committed to quality assurance and self-evaluation. From 2000 until my (early) retirement in 2009, I was an Associate Assessor with Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education.

In 2009 I was awarded Doctorate in Education from Glasgow University. The subject of my Doctorate thesis was classroom assistants and their impact in Scottish Primary Schools.

During my career as a Head Teacher, I chaired and served on a number of Aberdeen city-wide committees, including 3Rs Project Board (School Estate Renewal, Rebuilding and Renovation), Discipline and Grievance Working Party, Aberdeen City Primary Head Teachers Association, Curriculum for Excellence Strategy Group (joint group with Aberdeenshire Council).

I was appointed to GTCS Appointments Committee in 2011.

Role of the Appointments Committee Convener

The Convener of the Appointments Committee will:

  • chair meetings and hearings of the Appointments Committee falling within its remit;
  • have knowledge and understanding of the relevant GTC Scotland Appointments Scheme and Appointments Process Guidelines as well as the Code of Conduct and Membership Scheme;
  • encourage and facilitate participation of members during meetings and hearings;
  • ensure fairness, impartiality and avoidance of bias at hearings;
  • report to the GTC Scotland Council on the work of the Appointments Committee (or to any Committee to which Council has delegated responsibility to oversee specific matters within the remit of the Appointments Committee).

Role of an Appointments Committee Member

An Appointments Committee member will:

  • have knowledge of, and adhere to, the legal and procedural frameworks which govern the functions of the Appointments Committee
  • in overseeing recruitment, selection and the appointments process:
    • agree and oversee a fair and open recruitment process which is based on merit including application sifting, interviews and reviewing references
    • report appropriately on the appointments made
  • in respect of Council member or panel appointee positions:
    • adjudicate matters referred by the GTC Scotland Council or its Convener in respect of determining whether or not it is appropriate to:
      • disqualify an individual from becoming a member of Council or being appointed as a panel appointee; or
      • remove or suspend an individual from the membership of the Council or from an appointed panel position
    • in adjudicating such matters, analyse and interpret evidence and information in order to make balanced decisions, giving clear reasons for the decisions based on the elicited facts and taking into account any relevant guidance produced by GTC Scotland.
  • work in trust and confidence with other Appointment Committee members and GTC Scotland staff.

Term of Appointment

Appointment is for a four year term. A further four year term may be served if successfully re-appointed.


Lisa Dobie, Council and Panel Support Officer

T: +44 (0)131 314 6021