Ann Smith is the new principal of Brighton College of Technology. Ms Smith has been deputy principal at the college since 1993.
Julian Gravatt, a regular contributer to The TES, has moved on from being director of policy and administration at Lewisham College to join The City Literary Institute as its new director of finance. Meanwhile, the institute has appointed Nick Moore, former assistant head at Croydon Continuing Education and Training Services, as vice-principal responsible for programmes and quality.(see FE Focus,page 36)
David Shields has been appointed head of music at Kent's Sittingbourne Community college, replacing Stephen Brown. Mr Shields was a keyboard player with many pop bands, including Hot Chocolate, in his career since turning down a place at London's Royal Academy of Music in the 1970s. This is his first school job.
The National Children's Bureau charity has appointed Sally Bamsey as manager of its children's residential care unit, which identifies and spreads good practice on working with children that live away from home. Ms Bamsey, formerly course director in socialwork at Brunel University, London, replaces Phil Youdan who has retired.
The Children's Play Council - an alliance of organisations working to improve play opportunities, based at the National Children's Bureau - has appointed Issy Cole-Hamilton as policy and research Officer. Ms Cole-Hamilton was previously children's policy officer at the Royal National Institute for the Blind.
Christine McNiven has joined the executive management group of Leeds Careers Guidance to run Opex Plus, a project that helps disadvantaged young people in inner-city areas. Ms McNiven, who was formerly employed by Leeds Training and Enterprise Council, replaces Sue Machen, who now practises alternative medicine.
Richard Pietrasik has been appointed director of schools for the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency, which advises the Government on technology issues. Mr Pietrasik is executive director of Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish equivalent of BECTA. He will take up his new post next January, replacing Neil McLean, who will be BECTA's director of evidence and practice.