MATTHEW MacIver, the depute registrar of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, was appointed on Monday as the new registrar. The post will also carry the title of chief executive.
Mr MacIver, 54, succeeds Ivor Sutherland, who is to retire at the end of March. He has been one of the two deputes since 1998, with special responsibility for education. In that capacity Mr MacIver has taken a particular interest in better access to teaching for the disabled, the professional needs of Gaelic-medium teachers, and the GTC's continuing efforts to improve teacher induction.
He said he was looking forward to leading the council "at an important and exciting point in its development". The GTC is set for a greatly expanded interventionist role in teaching, with new powers to deal with cases of misonduct, incompetence and ill-health. Further powers over teachers' continuous professional development are, perhaps temporarily, on the back burner.
Mr MacIver, a Gaelic speaker from Lewis, is nearing the end of a five-year spell as chairman of the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee, which has been responsible for disbursing an pound;8 million budget to programme-makers. He began his school career teaching history and modern studies at Kilmarnock Academy, culminating in two headships at Fortrose Academy and The Royal High in Edinburgh.
He was chosen by a GTC selection panel from a shortlist of three, which included Archie Ferguson, adviser in guidance with North Lanarkshire Council's education department, and Professor Tom Bryce, of Strathclyde University's Jordanhill education faculty.