About Me


My career in education began in 1973 and spanned almost 40 full-time years. I retired in 2011 from my post as Head Teacher at Wester Hailes Education Centre but remain involved in the world of schools and learning. I am Secretary of the Scottish Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. As an associate of the Scottish Centre for Studies in School Administration I coordinate and organise staff development opportunities for teachers.

With an active background in politics, I was twice a parliamentary candidate and was an elected member of Edinburgh District Council from 1980 to 1987, leading the opposition there from 1982 until 1984 and chairing the Policy and Resources Committee from 1984 to 1986. To this day I remain committed to an agenda of social and economic equality.



I have been an active genealogical researcher for over twenty years. Since 2000 I have had the pleasure of teaching genealogy and family history to a series of highly successful adult classes at Wester Hailes in Edinburgh. I hold the University of Strathclyde’s MSc in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and am a full member of the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.  I continue to teach both day and evening genealogy classes at beginner and intermediate level at Wester Hailes. If you would like more info on courses or are interested in my carrying out research on your behalf, please visit my genealogy page or get in touch


Personal and Family Life

Linlithgow, has been my family home for many years. As well as education, Scottish culture, politics and genealogy, I enjoy anything to do with horses (from riding them to watching them race) and I retain a partisan interest in Brechin City FC.


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Mobile: +(44) 0775 989 8890
Email: info@alexwood.org.uk



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