My career has enabled me to work in a number of different educational settings. I taught for 25 years in Edinburgh schools, as a class teacher, AHT and then HT of two primary schools, Niddrie and Craiglockhart. I then moved into the local authority and worked as a Principal Officer in Quality Assurance, with a particular role to promote with all teachers and head teachers across the City the concept of Staff Development and Review as an entitlement. Very challenging in 1998!!
During this time, as Convener, I brought some key people together to resurrect the then flagging Scottish Educational Administration and Management Association (SEAMA) into the newly namely and leadership-focussed SELMAS and for 2 years we worked hard to create this unique organisation. It has grown from strength to strength ever since.
Thereafter, I moved into supporting one of 4 neighbourhoods in the City as a Neighbourhood Liaison Officer, with a remit to provide a conduit between establishments and the local authority, particularly in the areas of leadership and management, cluster development and neighbourhood liaison with other agencies.
Then, as is inevitable in local government, the Education Department was reorganised into the Children and Families Department and towards the end of my career I found myself again taking on a more curriculum-focussed role as a Senior Quality Improvement Officer.
I remain very interested in the work of SELMAS as a vital link for me with what’s new and innovative on the leadership agenda in Scotland and internationally. I also continue to enjoy contributing to the work of those who maintain the integrity of this Society as a vehicle for frank dialogue and stimulating debate.