The new appointments are: * Andrew Armstrong, former director with Total Oil and ex-chairman of the board of governors at Robert Gordon University.
* Professor Peter Bush, vice-principal of Glasgow Caledonian University.
* Patricia Cairns, headteacher of Firrhill High in Edinburgh.
* Malcolm Green, education chairman in Glasgow.
* Ian Hay, chief executive of the Scottish Association of Master Bakers and chairman of the National Council of Industrial Training Organisations (Scotland).
* Nigel Lawrie, headteacher of Port Glasgow High.
* Michael Leech, principal of Stevenson College in Edinburgh.
* Patricia Lowrie, dean of the education faculty at Paisley University.
* Val MacIver, chair of Highland education committee.
* Iain McMillan, director of the Scottish CBI.
* Phiroze Mehta, member of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council and senior lecturer in engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University.
* Brian Minto, senior partner in Minto Finnie Parsons Turnbull, a firm of chartered accountants.
* Ian Muir, formerly engineering and training manager with GEC Marconi.
* Charles Munn, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.
* Lorna Ogilvie, head of St Margaret's School for Girls in Aberdeen.
* Liz Reid, director of education in Edinburgh.
* Astrid Ritchie, chair of the Scottish Adult Education Forum.
* Grahame Smith, STUC assistant secretary.
The SQA will be chaired by David Miller, the businessman who currently chairs the Scottish Examination Board and the Scottish Vocational Education Council.