DERBY City Council has appointed Andrew Flack as its new director of education. Mr Flack is currently director of education and early years at Milton Keynes Borough Council, having managed the creation of the new unitary authority out of Buckinghamshire in 1995-96. He succeeds Derek d'Hooghe, who died of cancer last year. Tony Lenney, former director of education of the London borough of Haringey and of Wakefield, has been Derby's acting director of education since last September and is now returning to retirement.
Bob Fryer is to become director of policy and external relations of the University for Industry (UFI). He will be responsible for developing its relationships with government departments, funding bodies and ajor institutions in the field of lifelong and on-line learning. Professor Fryer joined the UFI last summer as director of distributed learning, on secondment from his post of assistant vice-chancellor of Southampton University and director of New College. He succeeds Jim Reid, who was on secondment from the Department for Education and Employment.
Paula Holloway is to be the next headmistress of Ashford school, the independent school for girls in Kent. A geography graduate, Mrs Holloway has since 1997 been head of the Latifa School for Girls in Dubai. She succeeds Gill Hylson-Smith.
Ashford school, which has 500 day and boarding pupils, last year became the eighth member of the Church Schools Company.