Aberdeen City Council appoints Director for Education, Culture and Sport


Aberdeen City Council has appointed Gayle Gorman – Service Director of Learning at Cambridgeshire County Council – as the Director for Education, Culture and Sport.

Mrs Gorman, who has a notable career in education and who has held a number of senior roles in the Department for Education, will take up her post this autumn.

City Council Chief Executive Valerie Watts said: “I am delighted that we have appointed someone of Gayle’s calibre from what was an extremely impressive set of candidates. She came through our vigorous assessment centre with flying colours and will bring a wealth of invaluable experience to the post.”

City Council Leader Barney Crockett said: “Providing excellent education and delivering top-class sports and culture for our citizens are among this administration’s highest priorities. Gayle has all the qualities we were looking for in the person who will lead these key services.”

Mrs Gorman commented: “I am excited by the challenge of running such important services in a major city like Aberdeen, which is committed to providing its citizens with the very best in education, culture and sport. I am personally delighted to be returning home to Scotland and I am looking forward to living and working in Aberdeen.”

Mrs Gorman has been Director for Learning at Cambridgeshire County Council since 2010, with responsibility for standards and effectiveness in schools, early years and child care services, professional development, and education support services. She led Cambridgeshire through a period of significant change and has implemented a range of strategies which have led to increased attainment in schools and greater community engagement.

Prior to this, Mrs Gorman was National Senior Director for Literacy, where she was responsible for leading the National Literacy Strategy and has helped to shape major educational policies at national level. In England she also led the Every Child a Writer programme, Support for Writing, and the Intensifying Support Programme for under-performing schools.

She was previously a lead senior advisor at Essex County Council, where she oversaw curriculum development, standards, and quality of teaching. Mrs Gorman has also been Curriculum Development Advisor for Suffolk County Council.

She began her career as a primary school teacher and senior school leader across all age ranges, before joining Suffolk LA in 1997.She was born and brought up in Scotland and graduated from Glasgow University.

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