The headteacher of Inverurie Academy has been appointed as Aberdeenshire Council’s new Garioch Area Manager following the retirement of Ian Fowell.
Douglas Milne (54), was appointed by a sub-committee of the Garioch Area Committee, specially formed for the recruitment process.
Six councillors made a unanimous decision to appoint Douglas, who has spent the last 32 years working in education.
Speaking after his appointment, he said he faced a different job with different challenges, but that’s part of the appeal.
“I think it’s really important if you are going to make a move to do it when you’re enjoying your work, and that is certainly the case at Inverurie Academy,” he said.
“I’ve enjoyed it greatly and still do, it’s been a real privilege, but it will be great to have a change and it should be good for the school to get a new headteacher to take it to the next level.
“I’m really looking forward to the new challenge of trying to make sure we get the best services we can for Aberdeenshire residents against a backdrop of financial constraint.
“I hope that whatever I can contribute will improve people’s lives in the Garioch.”
A well-known face in the Garioch already, Douglas says he understands its importance to Aberdeenshire as a whole and some of the challenges it faces.
Douglas also lives in the area, at Westhill, and has two grown up daughters aged 22 and 19.
He began his career as a history teacher at Robert Gordon’s College in Aberdeen in 1979 and has taught at various schools in the north-east, including Aberdeen Grammar and Alford and Kincorth Academies.
He has worked for north-east local authorities since 1985, becoming headteacher at Inverurie Academy in 2000.
He likes to read, swim, go to the gym and play golf in his spare time and has a keen interest in other sports, including rugby, football and cricket.