Lathallan School in Scotland has announced the appointment of Edward Foster as its new bursar.
Foster will play an important role in Lathallan’s ongoing strategic development, participating in key decisions about the school’s educational offering, continuing to drive long-term financial and operational stability, and overseeing a team of support staff.
Other areas of responsibility include estates, IT, facilities, procurement and human resources.
Foster started his career in the public sector, working at Audit Scotland, after graduating with a MA in financial economics from The University of St Andrews’ School of Economics and Finance. In 2006, he began a six-year tenure with The City of Edinburgh Council, gaining his CIPFA professional accountancy qualification and working as an accountant within the children and families department, and on the Edinburgh Trams project.
In 2013, Foster moved to Nairn, following his appointment to the position of finance manager with The Highland Council. Three years later, he was promoted to head of finance. Relocating to the North East of Scotland with his wife and three young children, who have joined the Lathallan student body, Foster began his new role on March 6.
He said: “What first struck me about Lathallan was how friendly everyone was, and the pervading atmosphere of happiness that exists among pupils and staff. Although still new to the role, it has already become very apparent to me that what we offer here is incredibly special; the chance for children to receive a fantastic academic education, but also the breadth of opportunities and the co-curricular offering surrounding that.
“From a personal standpoint, my family and I are really excited about being part of the school community, which has so warmly welcomed us.”
Mr Richard Toley, headmaster at Lathallan School, said: “This is an exciting appointment for the whole school and we are thrilled to welcome Ed, his wife Jess and their family to Lathallan. I have no doubt we will benefit from his insight, strategic thinking and a fresh approach as we take the school into its next stage of growth and development.”
Foster succeeds Valerie Corbett, the previous bursar, who retires after more than 20 years’ service.