On the move

2nd October 2009 at 01:00

Mike Wilson has become the director of education and adviser for schools at the diocese of Chichester. He has worked in education for local authorities for more than 25 years. For the past 12 months he has been a management consultant with Mouchel, a provider of integrated children's services. He replaces Jeremy Taylor, who retired this year after eight years in the role. Mr Taylor taught RE in community secondaries in West Sussex for nearly 30 years. He remains chair of the CofE's RE strategy group.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Barbican Centre have announced Sean Gregory as the director of creative learning. He is currently head of the Centre for Creative Professional Practice at the Guildhall School. He has also been head of professional development there since 2002, leading Guildhall Connect, and has developed the school's MA in leadership. In his new role, Mr Gregory will develop Guildhall Connect and Barbican Education, creating a new joint department for creative learning.

Carolyn Unsted is the new deputy director of children's services in the London borough of Bexley. She has been a head, senior manager in a comprehensive and an Ofsted inspector in English, media and special educational needs. Ms Unsted was policy leader at the DfES (now DCSF), working for parents and their involvement in children's learning. She is also a school improvement partner and on the board of trustees for the Fatherhood Institute, a charity that supports fathers' engagement in their children's lives.

Richard Thomson is the new head of Culverhay Maths and Computing School in Bath. He studied philosophy and psychology at Bristol University, then studied for a PGCE in secondary English at Bath University. His first post was at Hayesfield School in Bath, where he taught English and drama. His first senior role was at the George Ward School in Melksham, Wiltshire, where he was deputy head. He began his new role - his first headship - this term.

Sir James Sassoon has taken over as chairman of the ifs School of Finance. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and served for three years as a member of the Treasury Board, as well as managing director of the Treasury's finance and industry directorate. He was knighted in 2008 in recognition of his services to the finance industry and public service.

Emily Simpson and Tracy Caffull have become co-heads of Frobisher Primary and Nursery School in Jaywick, Essex. Ms Simpson, who studied politics and history at Manchester University, studied for a PGCE in history at Sheffield University. Ms Caffull graduated at Homerton College, Cambridge. She first taught at East Bergholt Primary in Suffolk before moving to Heath Primary, also in Suffolk.


A day of football was held in Shrewsbury to mark the retirement of Alan Jones - "Mr Shropshire Schools Football". Mr Jones, a former deputy head, retired 10 years ago but has continued to play a big part in school football across the country and wanted one more match before hanging up his boots.

"It has been my privilege to meet many individuals who have shared my regard for the game, and I was pleased that a number of these very special friends agreed to take part in my final match," he said.

There are rumours of an MBE ...

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