First female CEO for Scottish teachers' regulatory body

Dr Pauline Stephen is the first woman to head up the General Teaching Council for Scotland since it was formed in 1965

Henry Hepburn

First female CEO for Scottish teachers' regulatory body

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) has announced the appointment of Dr Pauline Stephen as its next chief executive and registrar.

She will replace Ken Muir, who has held the post since 2013. She is the first female chief executive of the GTCS, which was set up in 1965 to register and regulate teachers in Scotland.

Dr Stephen began her career in education as a primary teacher, becoming principal psychologist at Aberdeenshire Council and director of schools and learning at Angus Council, before joining the GTCS as director of education, registration and professional learning in October 2019. In her current role, she has been leading the revision of the GTCS's Professional Standards for Teachers and the programme to register college lecturers.


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Dr Stephen said: “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the GTCS. Our work to enable professionalism in teaching continues and I am looking forward to working with our partners to build on our legacy and focus on enhancing services to the profession and the public.”

Departing chief executive Ken Muir said: “I am delighted that Pauline is succeeding me as the GTCS’s next chief executive and registrar. In her time with us, she has brought a wide range of skills and local authority experiences that have served the GTCS and its registrants well.

“As the organisation moves into the next stage of a longer-term transformational change programme, Pauline is well placed to give the strong and creative leadership that will ensure the GTCS enhances its role as a world-class professional body.”

GTCS council convener David Innes said: “Pauline brings a depth of experience to the role of CEO of GTCS, having held senior leadership positions in two local authorities as well as with the GTCS.

“In each of these roles, she has shown insight, talent and enthusiasm along with a strong commitment to supporting teachers and learners and maintaining public confidence in the profession. She will bring these qualities to her new role as she builds on the outstanding work that the GTCS has taken forward under the stewardship of our current CEO, Ken Muir.”

Dr Stephen will take up her new post before March 2021.

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Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn

Henry Hepburn is the news editor for Tes Scotland

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