Anne Gibson joined us as Chief Executive in August 2015. Anne previously worked for over 13 years as Her Majesty’s Inspector of Education with HMIE and Education Scotland. During her time as an inspector, she acted as Lead Inspector for Inclusion and contributed to a number of national developments including acting as a representative on the Government’s strategic working group on improving outcomes for Looked After Young People which led to the publication of the national report, ‘We can and must do better’. More recently, Anne acted in the role of Lead Officer, Opportunities for All, which focused on national improvements relating to More Choices, More Chances for Scotland’s young people in relation to workforce development.
In 2008, Anne was seconded to Learning and Teaching Scotland for over 3 years to develop and implement the Government’s national programme to improve partnership working between schools and the youth work / community learning and development sector to support the implementation of Curriculum for Excellence. This very successful programme led to the publication of ‘Bridging the Gap’ and improvements in partnership working in learning communities.
Her inspection experience covers a number of sectors including schools, community planning, strategic inspection of education, child protection and children’s services, community learning and development, further education, independent care and education sector and prisons. She acted as link inspector for a number of local authorities over the years supporting capacity building in the Community Learning and Development sector. Anne has a particular interest in early intervention and preventative work and creative and innovative approaches in working with people and communities including the ‘total place’ approach.
Prior to taking up post as HMI, Anne worked as Integration Manager for the Government’s New Community Schools Initiative in East Lothian. This included leading, managing and developing a multi-disciplinary team with education, health, social work, psychology and community development backgrounds to improve the life chances of local children, young people and their families. Working with headteachers, third sector organisations and other services, Anne developed a range of programmes including family learning, community health initiatives, and programmes to improve learning outcomes for children and young people.
Anne worked with Edinburgh City Council and Lothian Regional Council from 1991 – 1999 mainly in community learning and development developing adult learning, community capacity building and youth work programmes. This also included a secondment trom 1997 – 1999 to work strategically as an Early Years Liaison Officer implementing the Government’s national Childcare Strategy. Anne led a working group to develop Edinburgh’s Childcare Information Service and worked with local people, services and organisations to establish childcare provider groups. Anne’s experience extends to the third sector working as depute co-ordinator for a young parents project in Edinburgh from 1987 – 89.
Anne initially trained as a primary and secondary teacher (Geography and Modern Studies) achieving her Bachelor of Education. She has also completed her post graduate certificate in Community Education. Anne is keen that we develop sector leading practice across our services as an independent provider and that we are able to demonstrate the difference we are making to the lives of young people and their families. She wants to ensure that all our staff have high expectations and instill high aspirations in our young people and that we are all ‘aiming high’ for Scotland’s young people.