Oona King, Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, has been elected to the board of the British Council as vice-chair. She replaces Peter Mandelson MP, the Northern Ireland Secretary. The council is chaired by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC.
John Smith has been appointed chief executive of CCDU Training and Consultancy Ltd, the specialist company based at Leeds University which holds two government contracts for training and assessing headteachers. Dr Smith, who has a doctorate from the City University Business School in London, comes to the company after six years with ER Consultants of Cambridge. The previous chief executive, Barbara Pearce, has moved to the Teacher Training Agency.
Leigh Lewis has been reappointed chief executive of the Employment Service, the executive agency of the Department for Education and Employment that runs more than 1,000 JobCentres and the nationwide telephone job-finding service, Employment Service Direct. Mr Lewis, a career civil servant who first won the post by open competition in 1997, will serve a further three years.
Barnaby Lenon has taken over as headmaster of Harrow School, succeeding Nicholas Bomford who has retired. Mr Lenon was head of Trinity School, Croydon. He is succeeded at Trinity by Christopher Tarrant, previously head of Wilson's School in nearby Sutton.
Gordon Phillips, the first lay headteacher of St Elizabeth's RC School in Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, is to take charge of Avon middle school in Salisbury, currently in special measures. A former design and technology teacher, Mr Phillips starts in January.
Ralph Townsend has become head of Oundle School, near Peterborough, following the retirement of David McMurray. A former head of English at Eton, Dr Townsend has for the past 10 years been head of Sydney Grammar School in Australia.
The new headmaster of the City of London school is David Levin. Mr Levin was head of the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe.
Clare Moreland has been appointed head of Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. She succeeds Peter Hullah, who has been installed as Bishop of Ramsbury, Wiltshire. A modern linguist with an abiding interest in the classical guitar, Ms Moreland will leave her post as housemistress and deputy head at Rugby.
Amanda Priestley has been appointed head of education business at Teletext Ltd. She will launch a new education section and review the existing Clearing Vacancy Service.