David was Director of Children’s Services in Stirling Council until August 2009. Prior to that, he was Head of Education in East Lothian in Scotland from February 2001 – June 2005.
In the past, he has been an Area Manager providing support and challenge to a large group of schools in Fife, Performance Review Manager with overall responsibility for Quality Assurance and, before that an Adviser responsible for curriculum development and assessment.
He worked in schools up to the early ‘90s and has extensive experience in school management at all levels and experience of leading a major national development of curriculum and assessment in Scotland at the time of Standard Grade.
He was President of the Association of Directors of Education Scotland and has been involved with a range of national groups, notably on Curriculum for Excellence and Looked After Children.
As a consultant, he has supported Midlothian Council in their reorganisation of services to Children and Families and was engaged with Skills Development Scotland. He hasled reviews on class size regulations and arrangements for devolved school management. He has delivered training across the UK and internationally in leadership as well as all other aspects of education and Children’s Services.
Professor Ross Deuchar
Ross Deuchar is Assistant Dean in the School of Education at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), with designated responsibility for leading and managing research, enterprise and international activity and engagement. As a member of the School Leadership Team, Ross is responsible for shaping and implementing strategic and operational plans and associated targets related to research and enterprise and internationalisation, and is an ambassador for moving forward the University’s Corporate Strategy. Ross has a PhD in social entrepreneurship and citizenship education. He is a Professor and scholar of criminology, with a particular focus on youth crime, and is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice within UWS. He has published numerous articles in international, peer-reviewed journals on his ethnographic and qualitative work on youth gangs, masculinity, street culture and violence and also on violence prevention strategies such as detached and pastoral streetwork, early intervention, participatory and democratic education and problem-oriented policing. He has worked with some of the most marginalised young people in the West of Scotland on the streets and in youth clubs, schools, secure accommodation and prisons, and has worked with reformed and reforming gang members in several other European countries and in the USA and Asia. Ross is the author of the highly acclaimed books, 'Gangs, Marginalised Youth and Social Capital' (2009, Trentham) and 'Policing Youth Violence: Transatlantic Connections' (2013, Trentham/IOE Press) and co-editor of the international collection, ‘Researching Marginalised Groups’ (2015, Routledge).