Dr Derek Bell is the new chief executive of the Association of Science Education following the retirement of Dr David Moore OBE. Dr Bell was chair of the association for 2000 and, in addition to his duties as immediate past chair, he currently chairs the award board for the Certificate of Continuing Professional Development.

He began his career in the 1970s at Christleton High School, Cheshire, teaching science, environmental studies and physical education. He became head of biology at The Grange comprehensive school in Runcorn and then moved into science teacher education at Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, now Liverpool Hope University College. He joins ASE after three years as vice-principal at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln.

Dame Judith Kilpatrick, head of City of Portsmouth Girls' School and Christopher Baker, a former company director of the Littlewoods Organisation, have been appointed to the board of the Teacher Training Agency by Education Secretary Estelle Morris. Dame Judith's school was awarded training school status in 2001 and advanced status a year later for its expertise in recruiting and retaining staff through excellent initial teacher training and continuing professional development.

Les Walton has joined North Tyneside College as chief executive and principal. He was head of a comprehensive, chief education officer for North Tyneside and most recently appointed by the Department for Education and Skills to manage the reorganisation of education services in Bradford.

Chris Glynn, head of Nord Anglia School Inspection Services, retired from his post at the end of August. A former local education authority inspector in Salford and Manchester, he started the company within the Nord Anglia group in January 1994 and it is now one of the Office of Standards in Education's largest contractors. He will work on a freelance basis on inspections and consultancies. He is replaced by deputy Frank Ravey.

Jean McEntire, head of education at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has just started as the first chief executive officer of the National Governors' Council. A former teacher, school governor and inspector, she was responsible for promoting RoSPA's educational message.

Eric Midwinter, a founder of the University of the Third Age, will be giving this year's Harry Ree Memorial Lecture at Victoria Hall, Settle, North Yorkshire, on Thursday, September 26. The lecture will mark the founding of the Settle and District U3A. Harry Ree, former professor of education at York University and a frequent contributor to The TES, retired to a house in the Settle area. Enquiries to Frank Pedley, 01729 851007.

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