Comhairle appoints new Director of Education and Children’s Services

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has appointed Mr Peter Carpenter as Director of Education and Children’s Services.

Mr Carpenter previously worked for HMIE as an Inspector of Schools. Mr Carpenter was District inspector for Aberdeen City and also Lead Inspector for Primary Education in Scotland. Most recently he has been employed by the Dubai Government, working as Director of Inspection since 2008.

He said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up the post of Director of Education and Children’s Services with the Comhairle. There are major challenges ahead but I am looking forward to working with colleagues and Members in meeting those challenges and taking forward the work of the Department and the Comhairle.”

Mr Carpenter is married to Sue who is currently a primary Headteacher in Dubai. He has three children. His daughters, Ruth and Rachel are both studying in Scotland. He will take up his post early next year.

He takes over from Ms Joan Mackinnon who is retiring from the Comhairle.