ROSE Johnson, formerly chief inspector of schools in the London borough of Brent, has become director of schools for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Her duties include raising standards in the borough's 36 schools and deputising for the executive director of education.
Mrs Johnson started her career as a teacher in Hounslow, London, going on to be a successful headteacher there. She later became head of Brentfield School in Brent. Last year, she was awarded the Windrush prize for educational achievement.
Austin McNamara, head of Framwellgate Moor comprehensive in Durham, is the only headteacher chosen to lead one of the 47 new local Learning and Skills Councils.
The councils will be responsible for the planning and funding of all school sixth forms, and other post-16 education and training - outside universities - in England from April 2001.
Mabel Davis has been appointed as the Disability Rights Commission's representative on the General Teaching Council.
Mrs Davis, who is deaf, is head of Heathlands School in St Albans, Hertfordshire. She is the only representative from special schools among the 25 elected teacher members on the 64-member council.
Kevin Cheney, a former housemaster at Millfield School in Somerset, is to become headmaster of Millfield Preparatory School next January.
Mr Cheney, an Exeter University graduate, former army captain and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is currently headmaster of Cranmore Preparatory School in Surrey.
Ros Clayton has become director of education at Peterborough City Council.
Mrs Clayton, who has bee the council's interim director of education since April, was previously principal of Comberton Village College in Cambridgeshire for 13 years.
Comberton was recently described by the chief inspector Chris Woodhead in his annual report as "an outstanding school".
Bexley College in Kent has appointed Bridget Boreham as its next principal.
Mrs Boreham, currently director of teaching at the further education college, will succeed Dr Jim Healy on June 1. Bexley College, formerly Erith College, has more than 11,000 students on four campuses.
The new head of schools effectiveness and early-years education at Milton Keynes Council is Jim McElligott.
Mr McElligott, who will be responsible for more than 100 schools, is a former primary teacher who worked in senior posts in Lancashire, Humberside, London and Birmingham before becoming the head of Cambridgeshire advisory service.
Knowsley Council in Liverpool has appointed Stephen Munby as its new director of education and lifelong learning.
Mr Munby moves this month from his post as assistant director of education responsible for quality development at Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.
He started his career as a teacher in Birmingham and moved into educational administration with Oldham borough council in 1989.
THE Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) has appointed Jean McEntire as head of its safety education department. A former primary teacher and health promotion specialist, she has also been an Office for Standards in Education inspector and schools adviser for Shropshire County Council.