Born into a very large Cardiff family of a Welsh mother and a Scottish father, Terry Mackie is a qualified teacher with 12 years teaching and senior management experience in secondary schools, all of it gained in 3 comprehensive schools in Inner London, working mainly in MFL and pastoral work.
Terry holds an M.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Birkbeck College, University of London. In 1990 he moved into educational administration and onto senior LEA leadership in Greenwich, Bristol, Torfaen and latterly Newport (including a period there as Acting Chief Education Officer).
Terry’s experience encompasses a wide range of positions across Wales and England and it is his diversity of educational experience in LEAs and later national consultancy with Cambridge Education that provides him with the strategic skills to enthuse and challenge his peers. Terry has worked across finance and schools resourcing, inclusion/SEN and School Improvement Advisory leadership. He enjoys writing. In 1996 he wrote a three act comedy drama, Sinister Dexter, about a London secondary school on the point of amalgamation. He has written articles for the TES and is currently working on a book about schools’ standards in Wales since devolution.
Terry has been involved in training with school leaders and teachers, social workers and partners in health, the police and the voluntary sector. One aspect of his highly successful career was working with a national consultancy in addressing the management of change in a range of challenging environments including Southwark LEA, Torbay LEA, the Isles of Scilly LEA and the children's communication charity I-CAN. This experience was enhanced through his extensive leadership experience in two South Wales local authorities. He has also worked for Bristol LEA in four different capacities!
Terry has a proven track record in leadership and management at the highest LEA level and his work in strategic management and school improvement for Newport was highly praised by Estyn in 2008. He has been described as an excellent policy designer and review analyst, a radical educational thinker and first class communicator and presenter.
Terry is married to Irene Mackie, who was formerly Headteacher of Bryn Hafren Comprehensive School, Barry.