Carrie Lindsay has been appointed Fife Council’s executive director of education.
Ms Lindsay, from Freuchie, said: “I’m delighted to have been appointed and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of the role and the opportunity to develop our work in Fife.
“I feel very privileged and excited about moving Fife forward in my new role.”
Educated at Bell Baxter High School in Cupar, Ms Lindsay left school at 16 to study nursery nursing and then teaching.
She worked at Donibristle Primary School for more than 14 years as a teacher and was eventually promoted to acting head teacher, before becoming head teacher at Cowdenbeath Primary School.
Ms Lindsay left Fife briefly to become a quality improvement officer with Angus Council before returning to Fife 13 years ago as an education officer.
She has recently been heading up Fife’s early years programme and the region’s family nurture approach.
“I really believe in developing our children’s services so that we fit services around children and families rather than fitting children and families into services,” she said.
“I’m ambitious for the children, young people and families of Fife and I’ll do all I can to try to improve their outcomes.”
Council chief executive Steve Grimmond welcomed Ms Lindsay’s appointment and added: “Carrie brings experience and a commitment to driving forward continuing improvement in education and children’s services.
“She brings a knowledge of the issues facing schools and children’s services, and will make a positive contribution to the council’s executive team.”