Between 1996 and 1999, Gary undertook work in the Russian Federation and Georgia on behalf of the Council of Europe as a speaker and expert. He has been author and co-author of various official National Curriculum and Assessment publications and author of teacher guidance booklets for BBC and C4 history series.
He took up post as the first Chief Executive of the General Teaching Council for Wales in July 2000, establishing it as the professional self-regulatory body for teachers in Wales. Amongst the Council’s achievements can be included: the development of a Professional Development Framework for Teachers in Wales, including the pilot of Chartered Teacher; advice to government on teacher recruitment and retention; and the implementation of regulatory responsibilities including registration and professional standards casework.
Gary is a Vice Chair of the UK National Commission for UNESCO, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Governor of Herbert Thompson primary school in Ely, Cardiff. In 2009 he was awarded the University of Glamorgan Chancellor’s Medal.
Gary’s interests include music (in younger days, he played piano, drums, guitar and trumpet); sport (he is currently Honorary President of Llandaff Rowing Club) and travel. He has flown solo in his journey to acquire a private pilot’s licence. Gary has twice climbed Mt Kilimanjaro.