Sir Arnold Wolfendale, president of the Institute of Physics, is to chair a new ad hoc government committee that will look into the role of the professional scientist in the field of public understanding of science, engineering and technology.
Paul Niedzwiedzki has been appointed assistant chief executive (strategic direction of service) and Carol Wallis is to be principal educational psychologist at the Service Children's Schools (North West Europe), the Defence Agency responsible for the education of service and Ministry of Defence personnel. They currently work as inspector (assessment) and senior educational psychologist for Lincolnshire council.
Chris Vieler-Porter, adviser for multicultural education in Hertfordshire, is the new chair of the Association of LEA Advisers and Officers in Multicultural Education (ALAOME). He follows Tim Ottevanger.
Pat Hawkes, previously president of the National Union of Teachers in 1992-93, has taken up the post for a second time until the Easter conference. She replaces Steve Sinnott, who has been elected deputy general secretary.