THE new executive director of education for Glasgow has now been named.

Douglas Hutchison is currently Depute Chief Executive of South Ayrshire Council but will take over from Maureen McKenna in January next year.

Maureen, who retired at the end of December after 14 years service, announced she was stepping down in September and the search began for her replacement.  

Douglas said: “It is a privilege to take on this role and I look forward to working with elected members, education colleagues, families, children and young people to build on what is already a very positive story of success in education across Glasgow.”

A former Religious and Moral Education teacher, Douglas was Director of Educational Services and Head of Education at South Ayrshire Council before becoming Director of People and Depute Chief Executive in 2018.

He has worked as a teacher in a residential school for young people with social, emotional and behavioural needs and a Principal Educational Psychologist.

Prior to his South Ayrshire Council roles, Douglas worked as an Inspector with Education Scotland.

Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “I am delighted to announce the appointment of Douglas Hutchison who brings with him a wealth of educational experience, empathy and knowledge and offer him a very warm welcome to Glasgow. 

“Douglas will lead our team of senior managers and school staff and continue the innovative work and transformational change of the city’s learning and teaching which has resulted in significant increases in attainment and achievement for our children and young people.

“Teaching in a big city like ours can often be challenging – but despite the issues many of our families face – our schools and nurseries have never been more successful and that is down to the hard work, dedication and passion shown by Maureen, her leadership team, head office staff, and all our staff in schools and nurseries.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maureen for her determination and hard work during her time as our education director – she is a dominant force of nature and her legacy will live on in our pupils and their families and continue to impact for many years.

“The baton will now be passed to Douglas to nurture our schools and nurseries and create a new legacy and vision for our children and young people, and I wish him well in his new role.”