Marilyn Eccles, head of Thames County Primary School, Blackpool, will become deputy chief education officer for Manchester City Council in April.

Jeannette Purcell, assistant secretary (membership) at the Association of Accounting Technicians, has been promoted to head of education and training.

Dr Trevor James, of Westminster College, Oxford, has succeeded Professor John Fines as director of the Historical Association's Young Historian Scheme.

Professor Sir John Cadogan CBE, director-general of research councils for the Government Office of Science and Technology, is to be president of Techniquest, the UK's leading Science Discovery Centre.

John Forbes, the Australian poet, is the new fellow in creative writing at Loughborough University's department of English and drama.

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