Andy Roberts, currently assistant director of education at Hartlepool, is to become chief education officer of the London borough of Islington in September.
Mr Roberts, a 38-year-old Cambridge geography graduate, has been behind Hartlepool's nationally- recognised drive to raise standards in its schools. He will need all that experience in his challenging new post. Only 25 per cent of Islington's pupils currently obtain five or more A* to C grades at GCSE After teaching geography for six years, Mr Roberts moved into administration with Cleveland County Council's education department. In 1995 he became head of operational support at Hartlepool and in March 1996 was made acting director of education. Central to his operating method is supporting teachers in the drive to raise standards.
Ziggi Alexander has been chosen as the new, Pounds 20,000-a-year chair of the training body for social workers, the Central Council for Education and Training (CCETSW), health minister Paul Boateng has announced. Ms Alexander, currently director of corporate development at University College London Hospitals, will chair CCETSW from September until March 2001, when the council will be abolished following the establishment of the General Social Care Council. She succeedsJeffrey Greenwood, whose five-year term ends in August.
Canon David Whittington has been appointed diocesan director of education in Durham. He will be directing a team with responsibilities for 56 church schools.
Canon Whittington spends his free time directing and managing orchestras in the region, playing the organ and conducting and singing in choirs.
He is a residentiary canon living in the cathedral college, where he shares duties in the cathedral and helps with its corporate management and development. His involvement with education goes back to his time at Oxford University, where he taught theology and music as well as serving as the chaplain of Queen's College.
He has been chair of governors of a Church of England secondary school in Stockton for the past 20 years and a member of the Durham Diocesan Board and Cleveland and Stockton local education authorities.
Carl Gilleard, above, has been appointed to succeed RolyCockman as chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters in October. For the past nine years, Mr Gilleard has been executive director of METRA, an agency established principally to attract graduates to localgovernment.
Heads of the specialist music and ballet schools in the UK have joined forces to create the National Association of Music and Ballet Schools. Chairman of the new association is John Baxter, headteacher of Wells Cathedral School.
He said one of its mainobjectives was to extend partnership with the community, such as his own school's music project with St George Community School in Bristol.
Keith Bovair has become president of the National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN). Mr Bovair, who is headteacher of Durants special school in Enfield, north London, has also been a lecturer in special education and educational psychology atBirmingham University.