The FAS show
At least we hope congratulations are in order. The job, after all, carries a salary of Pounds 110k, one of the highest in education. But Robert's appointment still needs to be ratified by David Blunkett. And more to the point: isn't the agency supposed to be closing down in three months?
"We are, and how," says a spokesman at the agency's York headquarters. "But somebody's got to be accounting officer, go before the public accounts committee and answer to the Secretary of State."
Mike Collier was the chief executive - and will be until he finishes serving out his notice "well into the new year". But he's jumping ashore to become chief executive officer of the North-East Regional Development Agency.
But who would want to become captain of this sinking ship - a sinking Tory flagship, at that? The agency's board of directors, obviously. At least three of them put in for the job, we gather, and Robert, the director of planning, was the lucky man.
The Diary is assured there will be plenty for him to do - there are the last annual reports from GM schools to approve, a hangover of capital projects to complete and the final report to produce - and the job should last until at least October.