The British Council has appointed Peter Upton as director of the Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges. He is currently chief executive of the Technology Colleges Trust and succeeds Tony Male.
Mike Thompson is to be the first director of Nottingham's education action zone. Currently senior adviser in the city's standards and effectiveness division, Mr Thompson will oversee the measures designed to improve standards and achievements in schools across the Bulwell area. The former science teacher and lecturer will serve for an initial period of three years.
The new head of education planning and resourcing in Hackney, east London, is to be Michael Daniels, who is currently assistant director of education in Lambeth, south London.
The National Trust has appointed Gareth Binns as head of education. Mr Binns, a geographer and archaeologist, worked as a teacher and examiner before moving to the Council for British Archaeology and the York Archaelogical Trust. He has been with the Trust since 1991.