Leadership Team

GTC Scotland’s Leadership Team oversees the day-to-day management of the organisation and the delivery of responsibilities and duties as placed on GTC Scotland by statute or decisions made by GTC Scotland.

Chief Executive and Registrar: Dr Pauline Stephen
Dr Pauline Stephen Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland

The Chief Executive and Registrar is responsible for the leadership of GTC Scotland, for the management of its strategic direction, for the operational efficiency and performance of its functions and for the delivery of responsibilities and duties placed on it by statute or by GTC Scotland Council decision. The Chief Executive is expected to promote professionalism in teaching and high standards in GTC Scotland.

These duties are partly distributed across other managers who are accountable to the Chief Executive.

The Chief Executive is also the official correspondent of GTC Scotland in its dealings with:

  • The Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament
  • Employers and teachers
  • Teacher Education Institutions
  • Other public bodies within and outwith Scotland
  • Members of the public
  • The media
Pay scaleSalary Range (£000s)Pay Band at 31 March 2021Pension SchemeEmployee ContributionEmployer Contribution
5b95-10095.0-99.9Strathclyde Pension Fund9.6%19.3%
Director of Education, Registration and PLD: Victoria Smith
Victoria Smith Director of Education, Registration and PLD at GTC Scotland

The Director of Education, Registration and Professional Learning is responsible for the development, promotion and implementation of GTC Scotland’s educational policy and leads GTC Scotland’s Education, Registration and Professional Learning team.

Pay scaleSalary Range (£000s)Pay Band at 31 March 2021Pension SchemeEmployee ContributionEmployer Contribution
5a75-8575.0-79.9Strathclyde Pension Fund9.0%19.3%
Director of Regulation and Legal Services: Jennifer Macdonald

The Director of Regulation and Legal Services is responsible for the team that supports the adjudication of fitness to teach cases that have been referred for a hearing, as well as any internal appeal cases. Decisions in all of these cases are taken by (as appropriate) Fitness to Teach Panels or the Appeals Board (which are each comprised of a pool of independent members). The hearings and other procedures associated with the adjudication process are serviced throughout by a member of the Legal and Adjudication Services Team.

In addition, the Director of Regulation and Legal Services is responsible for drafting the various Rules, constitutional and other legal documents that GTC Scotland requires to have in place with reference to its governing legislation.

Pay scaleSalary Range (£000s)Pay Band at 31 March 2021Pension SchemeEmployee ContributionEmployer Contribution
5a75-8580.0-85.0Strathclyde Pension Fund9.1%19.3%
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