Jenny Cairns, formerly assistant director (schools' services) for Merton, has been promoted to the post of director of education, leisure and libraries.
Teresa Rees, professor of labour market studies at Bristol University, has been appointed a commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission, with special responsibility for Wales, for two years from June 1.
In East Sussex, Brian Aikens, formerly head of Wallands Primary School, Lewes, has been appointed head of Willingdon Primary School, Eastbourne. Fran Huff, formerly acting head of Christchurch School, St Leonards, is now head of Sir Henry Fermor School, Crowborough.
The following new members to the board of the Funding Agency for Schools have been announced: Cynthia Lake, honorary secretary of the National Governors Council, Professor David Newton, vice-principal and dean of the school of business studies at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester, and Arthur Pollard, a former professor of English literature and language at Hull University.