New Director of Education confirmed

Aberdeenshire Council has just announced its new Director of Education and Children's Services.  

Final interviews were held yesterday after a rigorous recruitment and selection process, and it has been confirmed that Laurence Findlay has been successful.  

Laurence is currently seconded to the Northern Alliance, however his substantive role is as Corporate Director for Education and Social Care with Moray Council, a role he has held since 2014. Before that he was in leadership and teaching roles within the authority, in Aberdeenshire and started his career in Edinburgh.  His background is as a teacher of Modern Languages. 

Detail will be worked up in the coming weeks, regarding the next steps and the timing of the transition. Bob Driscoll remains Acting Director with Aberdeenshire Council until that handover takes place.   

The recruitment panel chair was Council Leader Jim Gifford. He said: "I am pleased with the outcome of the interviews and I am confident that this appointment is an exciting opportunity. This role is fundamental to Aberdeenshire Council delivering strategic ambitions within Education and Children's Services, and will be a core part of the Strategic Leadership Team, working closely with members and officers alike."  

Speaking after it was confirmed, Laurence said: "As an Aberdeenshire native, I am delighted to be coming home to take on this pivotal role at a time of change and great opportunity within Education and Children's Services."