Secondary EIS Candidates

Created on: 09 Jan 2020 | Last modified: 16 Jan 2024


Andrew McPake

Andrew McPake

I am an experienced classroom English teacher at Craigmount High School, Edinburgh. I am seeking election to ensure that teachers working on the frontline of education are represented in GTCS Council. I understand the concerns that colleagues have because I experience the same challenges every day.

As an active EIS representative and member of the Edinburgh Local Association Executive, I strongly believe that the trade union movement plays a crucial role in shaping our profession for the better. I have a passion for social justice which I take into all my professional roles and would inform my contribution to Council. 

Christopher Devlin

Christopher Devlin
South Lanarkshire

I am a Faculty Head of English at Cathkin High School and the EIS branch rep at the school. I have been a committed member of the EIS Local Association’s Committee of Management for eight years and I currently serve on EIS Council.

I believe it is vitally important that teachers’ voices are at the centre of professional dialogue at the GTCS. I am seeking your support to ensure that the insight, dedication and integrity of our profession will be reflected in GTCS discussions and decision-making at this significant moment for Scottish Education.

Graeme Cowie

Graeme Cowie

Since graduating in 2001, I have taught Physical Education in several local authorities in Scotland and England and have been a Principal Teacher in a large Secondary school since 2011. Throughout my career, I have been actively engaged in supporting colleagues, principally as a Health and Safety Officer for Aberdeenshire EIS Local Association, as well as representing teachers on the LNCT.

I strongly believe that the self-governing nature of teaching in Scotland must be protected and that teachers’ voices should be foremost on GTCS Council to maintain our professional standing and to preserve quality learning and teaching for our learners.

Matthew Moss

Matthew Moss

I am a Business Studies teacher at Brae High School, Shetland, and have taught in the Shetland Islands for 25 years. I am currently the EIS Local Association Secretary, EIS Council member and have been a member of Shetland LNCT since 2001.
I represent the EIS on the Northern Alliance Regional Improvement Advisory Forum and am committed to advancing teacher-led professional learning which impacts meaningfully on practice.

I am seeking election to ensure that the classroom teachers’ voice is heard on GTCS Council and will endeavour to protect teacher professional integrity and therefore, quality education in the face of austerity.

Michael Paul

Michael Paul - Elected Unopposed
Headteacher - Aberdeen City

I have been a Head Teacher for over 7 years, currently at Bucksburn Academy in Aberdeen; a member of the EIS for 30 years; sat on the Local Executive, served as Treasurer; and spent time on National Council and the Aberdeen Education Committee.

I am passionate about the education of young people, about professional learning and about equality and equity of opportunity for young people and colleagues in school. I believe that a strong voice is required to ensure the opinions of teachers and the reality of their endeavour in supporting learners are heard at the heart of the GTCS.