Early Years Scotland (EYS), has appointed Dr Marion Burns as its new Chair.
Dr Burns, who recently retired from Education Scotland as HM Inspector, and a current EYS Board member, replaces Barbara Dale who steps down as Chair after seven years on the Board of Directors having previously worked for EYS.
The appointment was ratified at EYS’s Annual General Meeting held earlier today, Thursday 18 November.
Dr Burns said: “It is with great pride that I take up the role of Chair of Early Years Scotland's Board of Directors. It is an honour to have the opportunity to promote and build on the vital work that EYS does to support the early learning and childcare sector workforce in Scotland through a range of well-established programmes and partnerships. This is particularly relevant in these challenging times for children and their families, and staff, as we look ahead with hope and determination to a post-COVID landscape.
“Together we can improve the lives of children and families across Scotland. Early Years Scotland sits at the centre of making this vision for Scotland a reality”
Barbara Dale said: “It has been a privilege to work for and latterly to chair the Board of Directors of EYS. The organisation has been such a positive force for good for children and families in Scotland and has had a major influence on my approach to early years practice.
“My very best wishes to EYS and Dr Marion Burns for the future. I’m sure together they will go from strength to strength.”
Jane Brumpton, EYS CEO is pleased to welcome Dr Marion Burns as the new Chair of the Board of Directors and said; “We are delighted to have Marion as the new Chair. Marion brings a wealth of early years knowledge and experience that will be of great benefit to the Board, staff, and members of Early Years Scotland. We look forward to working in partnership with Marion and the Board to continue supporting members’ voices, and ultimately enable Scotland’s youngest children and families to have positive outcomes.
“Barbara provided excellent support to SPPA, then EYS and its members, for a number of years, and we are all incredibly grateful for her commitment and dedication to the needs of the early learning and childcare sector.”
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