Three new members have been appointed to the Scottish Qualifications Authority Board. The new faces are:
* John Mitchell, headteacher of Kilsyth Academy, who is due to retire this year. Mr Mitchell is also a board member of Learning and Teaching Scotland.
* Alex MacLennan, principal of Ayr College, who was previously assistant principal at Paisley University with particular responsibility for external affairs and lifelong learning.
* John Simmons, vice-principal of Heriot-Watt University, and professor of mechanical engineering since 1992. Professor Simmons is a member of the SQA's engineering advisory group and of its Higher National review group on engineering.
Judith Gillespie, development manager of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, has been reappointed for a second term.