DAVID Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, has appointed five new members to the Further Education Funding Council. Imtiaz Farrokhi, chief executive of the National House Building Council; John Merry, deputy leader of Salford City Council; Lord Newton of Braintree, chairman of the North East Essex Mental Health Trust; George Sweeney, principal of Knowsley College and Christina Cassidy, principal and chief executive of Stoke on Trent Sixth Form college, join the board for three years. Colin Harris, Margaret Hobrough, Christopher Jonas, and Judith Round are retiring from the council.
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