Patricia Thompson has been appointed dean and director of the LondonCollege of Music and Media, part of Thames Valley University. Mrs Thompson, who was formerly head of performing arts at the University of Coventry and, before that, director of music at Westminster College, Oxford, is the first woman to become dean of a conservatoire in Britain. A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Patricia Thompson is a pianist,violinist and singer who is often invited to serve oninternational panels.
She says the London College of Music has a special place in her affections as her grandmother, a pianist for silent films, entered for its examinations in the early 1900s.
Geoff Whitty has been appointed dean of research at the London University Institute of Education for four years from September. Professor Whitty succeeds Caroline Gipps , who will be staying at the institute and concentrating on her own research.
Barbara MacGilchrist will be continuing as dean of initial teacher education for a further four years until the end of August 2002.
Martin Clinton became principal of Woking College, a further education college providing mainly sixth-form courses, on June 1. Mr Clinton, who was formerly vice-principal of Stoke-on-Trent sixth-form college, replaces Peter Fenwick, who became principal of Palmer's College in Essex at Easter.
New officers have been elected to the National Association of Governors and Managers. The new chair of the school governors' organisation is John Adams, an associate dean at the University of Hertfordshire and a governor of Turnford School. Vice chair is Celia Jordan, a secondary schoolteacher and member of Cheshire education authority, and a governor of primary and secondary schools.Graham Down, vice chairman of governors at Dellprimary school in Chepstow and a governor of Wyedean grant-maintained comprehensive in Gloucestershire, is to be secretary, and the newtreasurer is Peter Brooks,a governor for 20 years and governor representative on Hertfordshire education committee.