About Alison Allan

Alison is a Senior Manager in Education and Youth Employment with North Ayrshire Council.  She has responsibility for a range of activities related to learning and teaching within the Primary and Secondary schools in North Ayrshire. Alison is a local area Manager for schools across North Ayrshire. She also has responsibility for Leadership at all levels, as well as Professional Learning in the authority. This ranges from NQTs through to Head teachers. Alison represents ADES on the GTCS Professional Update group and is a local authority representative on SCEL’s Into Headship Design group.

Alison’s previous role was that of Vice Principal and before that as an Associate Director in the College Sector, where she had overall responsibility for learning and teaching. She has also worked for Education Scotland as an Associate Assessor for the last 16 years.

Born in Fife, but relocated to Ayrshire in 2002, she is happily married to Garry and between them have three children and two step children. Alison studied and lived in England in the late 1980’s, where she completed a Degree in English, whilst also competing as an International sprinter. She later returned to University to complete a Masters in Management and later completed her Postgraduate qualifications in teaching.

Alison supports developments in North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Argyll and Bute.

About Elaine Napier

Elaine started her career as a primary teacher in 1991 and since then has worked in a variety of roles within Education in Midlothian Council.

Elaine has very recently taken up a secondment to the GTCS to the post of Senior Education Officer with responsibility for the Early Phase.  This role will bring exciting opportunities and will involve working nationally in the areas of Initial Teacher Education, Newly Qualified Teachers and post probation.

Elaine has a particular interest in coaching and has found it extremely rewarding  introducing coaching skills to colleagues across Midlothian Council to develop a solution focussed approach to tackling problems.

Elaine has also particularly enjoyed working with teachers in the early stages of their career to develop their leadership skills and support them on their learning journey.

Elaine supports developments in Midlothian, East Lothian, Edinburgh City and Scottish Borders.

About Gillian Knox

Gillian began her teaching career just over 20 years ago after five years in the pharmaceutical industry.

After ten years in the classroom at all stages, she moved into the role of assessment development officer.  This involved developing and delivering a range of staff development opportunities. In addition to working with staff from all educational sectors Gillian also worked to develop policy and practice on assessment for the local authority, in collaboration with a wide range of colleagues.

Gillian returned to school life as a depute then as head teacher and she is now leading her second school, working in a second local authority.

During her career Gillian has led authority wide initiatives as Chair of the Curriculum for Excellence Strategy Group, and as Cluster Chair leading the development of Restorative Approaches from Nursery to Secondary.  She initiated a local head teacher professional learning community and is working with colleagues to create a strategic approach to curriculum rational development.

After 9 years’ experience as a head teacher Gillian attained the SCEL fellowship award and also promotes leadership within and between local authorities as a regional network leader.

Gillian supports developments in Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross and Fife. 

About Carolyne McDaid

Carolyne is Service Manager for Broad General Education (BGE) in Stirling Council. She works with a team to support school improvement, curriculum development and assessment across the BGE. Carolyne has responsibility for leadership across schools and establishments and has recently been involved in the implementation of a leadership strategy for teachers and practitioners at all levels.

Carolyne was Headteacher at St. Serf’s Primary School in Clackmannanshire for 11 years and has held posts as Depute Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Senior Teacher and Class Teacher in schools in Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk. Whilst a headteacher, Carolyne was a SQH Assessor and Coach. She also mentored a number of acting and newly appointed headteachers. Carolyne has been involved in and led authority wide initiatives in a range of areas including raising attainment, literacy and collaborative school partnership working.

Carolyne is passionate about providing the highest quality of education for all children in all schools. She has undertaken post graduate studies and has a Masters and a PhD in education. Carolyne is looking forward to working across authorities as Regional Network Leader.

Carolyne supports developments in Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, East Dunbartonshire and West Dunbartonshire.

About Andrew Travis

Andrew completed the SCEL Fellowship programme in February 2016. He was appointed Head Teacher of Meldrum Academy, a 940 student secondary school in May 2008. Prior to this he held a number of leadership positions in north-east schools after starting his career as a teacher of chemistry and science. He holds a Master in Education (Educational Technology) and was seconded by his local authority to review provision of information technology.

Andrew has been a Flexible Route to Headship coach and field assessor and is currently the head teacher supporter of an Into Headship participant. He has been a participant and coach on the Strategic Leadership Development Programme. He has a strong interest in coaching and has supported the development of this within his authority.

Andrew used the opportunity presented by the SCEL Fellowship programme to analyse the challenges faced by semi-rural local authorities in leadership succession. He is currently involved in the development of strategies to overcome these challenges. Andrew’s engagement in SCEL will continue and deepen as has joined the team of SCEL Regional Network Leaders.

Andrew supports developments in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City, Shetland, Orkney, Eilean Siar, Moray and Highland.

About Jim McCrory

Jim McCrory is currently the Headteacher of St Anthony’s Primary School in Armadale, West Lothian.

Jim left Notre Dame College with his ITQ in 1979, and apart from a brief few years with British Steel Ravenscraig as a junior manager, has worked exclusively in Education in various teaching posts. From 1982 until 1992, Jim was a class teacher in St Aloysius College Preparatory, until leaving to further his career in St Monica’s Primary in Pollok, Glasgow as a Senior Teacher.

After holding various acting positions in St Monica’s, Jim completed both his B. Ed Inservice degree award in 1990 and later completed a Masters degree in 2000, before moving on to Headship in St Anthony’s Primary. Jim has kept up his interest in post graduate study in various universities over a number of years and has taken on dual headship roles within his local authority twice over the past few years. Jim holds key leadership positions in the Education Community as both the chairperson of the Local Authority Primary Headteacher Association in West Lothian and as the current President of the National Catholic Headteacher Association of Primary Schools. (CHAPs)

Jim was delighted to be a successful participant on the SCEL fellowship programme and looks forward to his further involvement with the Scottish College of Educational Leadership with great anticipation.  Jim is also a Regional Network Leader.

Jim supports developments in West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

About Claire Harvey

Claire is currently a Quality Improvement Officer with Glasgow City Council, working with establishments to support continuous improvement. Her current city-wide remit is digital learning. During her career she has held posts as Senior Teacher and Assistant Headteacher in North Lanarkshire and Headteacher in St Philomena’s Primary School in Glasgow.

Claire was part of the first cohort of candidates studying for the SQH through Strathclyde University. Following completion of this qualification, she became an SQH Assessor, supporting other participants aspiring to become headteachers.

Recently she was seconded to Education Scotland where she played a key role in assessment developments. This was an opportunity to work with colleagues from all sectors in local authorities across the country. During this period she planned partnership events with EIS, AHDS and various local authorities, where she delivered a number of keynotes at conferences. She has been an Associate Assessor with HMI for 6 years, participating as part of the inspection team in schools throughout Scotland.

Claire enjoys working across authorities, recognising this as an opportunity to share effective practice and is looking forward to doing so in her new role as Regional Network Leader.

Claire supports developments in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde