Learning and Leisure : Executive Director Christine Pollock Biography

Christine Pollock is Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services in North Lanarkshire Council in the West of Scotland. North Lanarkshire has a population of approximately 350,000 and is the second most deprived geographic area of Scotland.
Christine completed her school education in 1971 and graduated as a teacher from QueensCollege, Glasgow, in 1975. She began her teaching career in GlasgowCity and taught in two comprehensive secondary schools before being promoted to head of department in an inner city comprehensive in 1980.
A two year secondment to a teacher training institution commenced in 1983 followed by promotion to a large secondary school as head of department. In 1987 she took up the post of Secondary Education Adviser in Ayrshire until 1990.

In 1990 as a result of an education departmental restructure she took up the post of Education Officer in Strathclyde Region, with responsibility for adult learning, careers education and community development, covering the geographic area of Argyll and Bute. In 1991 a transfer to Lanarkshire and a change in responsibility for early education, the 5-14 curriculum and the education service budget. A further change of remit in 1994 to take over responsibility for Special Educational Needs extended her knowledge and expertise across the education function.
In 1996 local government was completely reorganised in Scotland and the geographic boundaries significantly altered. North Lanarkshire was established as an education authority and the education directorate team appointed. The council is responsible for the statutory education for 55,000 pupils age 5-18 and has 25 secondary schools, 127 primary schools, 11 special schools and 70 nursery centres. Christine, as depute director of education, was responsible for the remits of finance, personnel and children's services.
On 1April 2007 Christine took up the post of Executive Director of Learning and Leisure Services as a result of an organisational restructure in the council.
North Lanarkshire Council Education Department achieved Investors in People status in 1998 and has been re-accredited every two years. In 2004 the department was awarded Charter Mark by the Cabinet Office for outstanding public service to the community it serves.
Christine is a member of several national advisory groups in Scotland, providing professional advice to the Scottish Minister for Education covering the following areas:

  • The National Induction Programme for new teachers
  • The new National Agreement on Conditions of Service for Teachers in Scotland
  • The Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee for Teachers
  • The Workforce Development Committee for Teachers
  • The Scottish Qualification for Headship (SQH)
  • The Association of Directors of Education Personnel Network ? chairperson