The Scottish College for Educational Leadership’s International Advisory Board was established in February 2016 and met for the first time in May 2016. With a vast array of experience from its members, the board ensures best use of international knowledge and expertise to inform and contribute to practice.

The Board’s remit is to grow SCEL’s international profile and connections, ensure reciprocal access to international best practice and market the work of the organisation on a global level.

The Board will formally meet two times per year, with attendance by video conferencing where physical attendance is not possible.

About Professor Anthony Finn, CBE

Tony Finn is Chair of SCEL’s Board of Directors. He also chairs the Board Recruitment and Evaluation Sub-Committee, and SCEL’s International Advisory Board.

Currently part-time Professor of Teacher Education and Professionalism at the University of Glasgow, Tony was CEO of GTC Scotland until his retirement in October 2013. He was awarded the CBE for services to Education in January 2014.

Tony began his career as a Modern Languages teacher and for almost 18 years was Head Teacher of St Andrew’s High School, Kirkcaldy, a school which won a number of national awards and commendations. Before moving to GTC Scotland, he was Senior Manager (Depute Director) for Education in Fife Council, with an overview of around 60 schools and wide strategic responsibilities including assessment, curriculum, learning and teaching and links with trade unions.

He has served on national committees on many issues, including curriculum, CPD, leadership and management and is keen to promote good practice in collegiality, pedagogy and leadership. He contributes regularly to educational conferences, seminars and events in Scotland, the UK and overseas.

About Dr. Stephen Brown

Dr Stephen Brown has more than 30 years of education experience in Australia and internationally. He was the Regional Director of Hume Region in Victoria for four years and acted in the position of Deputy Secretary, Office of Government School Education (OGSE). Dr Brown was Executive Director of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat in the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and a member of the departmental leadership team. Stephen was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Queensland Education Leadership Institute (QELi) Ltd from December 2010 to April 2016.

Currently Dr Brown undertakes a portfolio career nationally and internationally as an academic; consultant, international advisor to governments, schooling sectors and business; Board roles and director of a global services company.

Dr Brown has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Arts from the University of London. He was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) Nganakarra Award in 2007 and a presidential citation from the same organisation in 2009. Dr Brown is also a National and State fellow of ACEL. In 2009, he was nominated for membership of the Global Education Leaders Program – a coalition of leading system thinkers. Stephen was identified as a participant in the Victorian Leadership Development Centre’s 2009 program for future Deputy Secretaries in the Victorian Public Sector. In August 2013, Dr Brown was awarded by ACEL (Qld) the prestigious Miller-Grassie Award for outstanding leadership in education.

He is a national Fellow of ACEL (FACEL), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and in 2014 graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors program (GAICD). Currently Dr Brown undertakes a number of significant national and international roles:

  1. International Advisory Board Member – Scottish College of Educational Leadership (SECL).
  2. Scholar – Practitioner Fellow Asia Centre for Leadership and Change (AOLC) Hong Kong University of Education.
  3. International Advisor National Excellence in School Leadership Initiative (NESLI).
  4. Expert Advisor Board of Management Centre for School Leadership (CDU-Darwin).

In 2016 Stephen established the global professional services company, ‘The Brown Collective’ – a company that specialises in providing customised responses to enhance individual, team and organisational performance. The Collective is a professional community of world experts in the school sector connected by common values and a strong ethical base.

Dr Brown has an international and national reputation as an outstanding CEO and leader, having completed his doctoral studies in organisational redesign in the public sector. Dr Brown has undertaken consultancies in a range of settings and contexts within Australia and internationally including the Philippines, Nauru, Scotland, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and China. He is a highly regarded expert in the areas of leadership development, organisational renewal and redesign, strategy, change management and capability development.

As the author of research papers on public sector change, leadership and organisational redesign, Dr Brown is frequently invited to address national and international conferences on leadership, organisational change and school improvement.

About Dr. Carol Campbell

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at OISE, University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research-Réseau d’échange des connaissances pour la recherche appliquée en education (KNAER-RECRAE), a tripartite partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education, University of Toronto and Western University to advance the mobilization and application of research for educational practice in Ontario.

Carol is well-known for her commitment to connecting research to policy and practice for educational improvement. From 2005 – 2010, Carol worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education, where she was Senior Executive Officer for The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, was appointed Ontario’s first Chief Research Officer for Education, and became the founding Director of the Education Research & Evaluation Strategy Branch. Carol has international experience also. In the United States, she was Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Stanford University. In the United Kingdom, she worked as an advisor at school district and government levels and was an academic at the Institute of Education, University of London. Originally from Scotland, Carol completed her Ph.D. at the University of Strathclyde.

Carol is a member of the Scottish Government’s International Council of Education Advisers, membership of which was announced in July 2016.

About Gillian Hamilton

Gillian took up post as the first Chief Executive of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership on 1 September 2014. She has worked in Scottish education for 26 years, and has held posts as a Primary Teacher, Senior Teacher, Depute Head Teacher and Head Teacher in schools in Glasgow, North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire.

As CPD Co-ordinator and then Quality Improvement Officer in East Ayrshire, she worked extensively on CPD and leadership programmes and is passionate about their importance in promoting quality in teaching. During this time, she worked with a small team of head teachers to co-construct a leadership coaching programme, which had a significant impact on building leadership capacity in the local authority and led the authority’s work on the Scottish Qualification and the Flexible Route to Headship.

Gillian was Head of Educational Services at GTC Scotland for three years before becoming Chief Executive where she led the revision of the Professional Standards and the pilot programmes of Professional Update, which was rolled out nationally in August 2014. She sees these developments as crucial in maintaining and enhancing teacher professionalism in Scotland.

She has been a member of a number of national education groups with a focus on professional learning and leadership, including the National Partnership sub-group focusing on leadership, the National Implementation Board. She is currently a member of the Strategic Board for Teacher Education and the Advisory Group for Scotland’s Attainment Challenge. She contributes regularly to educational conferences, seminars and events in Scotland, the UK and overseas.

Gillian is thriving on the challenging role of establishing SCEL, and driving forward leadership development for teachers at all stages in their careers. High quality teaching and outstanding school leadership are vital if we are to ensure that every young person in Scotland, and Gillian sees SCEL as having a significant role in achieving this.

About Alan Armstrong

Alan is the Strategic Director at Education Scotland with responsibilities for implementation of Curriculum for Excellence, Scotland’s major education reform for learners aged from 3-18. He and his teams are actively involved in a broad range of capacity building and quality assurance activities, through very close engagement with national and local partners, to promote key national initiatives across primary and secondary schools. He also leads a major national programme of improvements to vocational learning through the national agenda for Developing the Young Workforce. His responsibilities include Education Scotland’s international strategy, and teacher education, from initial teacher education to support for early phase teachers, career-long professional learning, and capacity building for educational leadership.

Alan is also President of the Consortium of Institutions for Development and Research in Education in Europe (CIDREE). CIDREE is a network of key national educational bodies in 17 countries that are central to policy advice and support for curriculum development and / or educational research.

About Jonathan Wright

Jonathan Wright is Learning Research Team Leader at the Scottish Government. As such he manages the research programme used in formulating schools policy on behalf of Ministers. This entails a significant international component, including managing the PISA survey in Scotland and membership of the international PISA Governing Board, as well as synthesising international evidence on key policy questions. Jonathan’s team also manages the evaluation of key policy initiatives, including those related to the teaching profession, such as Teaching Scotland’s Future and Routes Into Headship. Jonathan was lead author of the Scottish Government’s background report submitted to the OECD Review of Curriculum for Excellence and is leading the development of the Research Strategy for the Scottish schools system.

Prior to this role Jonathan led the Public Health Research team in the Scottish Government and has held a variety of social researcher and economist roles across a range of policy areas since 1999.

About Susan Douglas

Since leaving school headship in 2006, Susan has held key roles with a variety of national and international organisations.

As Senior Adviser at the British Council (current), Susan provides expertise and advice to a wide range of educational programmes worldwide. She currently has responsibility for leadership and professional development programmes and system consultancy in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and works with headteachers and ministry officials throughout these regions.

As CEO of the Eden Academy (current), Susan is responsible for the strategic vision and direction of the Multi-Academy Trust comprising five schools. Susan was instrumental in the founding and development of the academy which provides education for children aged 3-19 with a range of complex needs.

At NCTL (2007-2012), Susan has worked closely with the senior leadership team providing policy advice and strategic services

About Ken Muir

Kenneth is Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the body responsible for promoting and regulating the teaching profession in Scotland. Prior to that, he worked in HMIE/Education Scotland, latterly as Chief Inspector and Strategic Director with responsibility for inspections and the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. He began his teaching career as a teacher of Geography and Modern Studies and has held various senior posts in schools and education authorities.

Kenneth is the author of a number of Geography textbooks and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He has been a member of many national education groups, including the Curriculum for Excellence Management Board, the National Implementation Board and the Strategic Board for Teacher Education. He recently chaired the Ministerial Group which reported on the experiences of teachers and learners in the first two years of the new National examinations. He has a particular interest in the Finnish education system where he has worked with Helsinki University and the Finnish National Board of Education.

About Lucy Young

Lucy has worked in international development and public sector reform for a number of non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations in the UK, the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine.  This includes for the Electoral Reform Society, the Overseas Security Council for Europe and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

She joined the British Council in 2007 and has held a number of posts including as Adviser, Public Sector Reform and as the UK Programme Manager for the Council’s global civil society programme, Active Citizens. She returned to Scotland to take up the post of Head of Education in 2012.

She is responsible for developing and managing the delivery of a strategy for the Council’s work in schools, skills and higher education in Scotland. Lucy is committed to the internationalisation of teaching and learning in Scotland and believes this is crucial to supporting our learners potential to be able to fully participate in today’s globalised and interconnected world.