Primary headteacher Mike Storey has become leader of Liverpool City Council, the first large city ever to be controlled outright by Liberal Democrats. Mr Storey, who is head of Plantation primary school in neighbouring Knowsley, chaired the city's education committee in the late 1970s.
Labour formed the city's previous administration, although the party had not had overall control since Christmas. But the Liberal Democrats won a clear majority in the local elections at the start of the month.
Martin Gomberg, education adviser to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, has been appointed to the panel of the National Advisory Group on Personal, Social and Health Education. Set up after the publication of the Government's green paper, Our Healthier Nation, which identified accidents as an area for action, the group is chaired jointly by education and health ministers. It will develop a framework for PSHE in schools, and tackle issues of social exclusion and health inequalities.
Bill Buck (above right) former Somerset and Hampshire cricketer, has been appointed director of sport at Sutton Valence school, Maidstone. Mr Buck, who originally joined the 370-pupil co-educational boarding and day school as a French and sports teacher, will be working with six other sports masters on the school's sports development project.
The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales has appointed three new members. Welsh speaker Huw Vaughan Thomas, currently chief executive of Denbighshire County Council, will serve for three years. Consultant anaesthetist Dr Eleri Edwards and Professor Roger Williams, vice-chancellor of the University of Reading and a member of the Quality Assurance Agency, already serve on the council but will be re-appointed for a further three-years. The council, with a budget of pound;232 million, is responsible for the funding of all Welsh higher education institutions.
Frances Wadsworth will take over the post of assistant principal, head of the faculty of business and service industries at Harlow College. Ms Wadsworth was previously based at the British Council in Washington DC, promoting British education to American students and professionals. She succeeds Bill Fearon, who is now director of curriculum and quality at Southwark College.
Two new directors have been appointed by the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) the successor organisation to the National Council for Educational Technology, set up to support the Government's priorities for information and communications technology. John Brown, previously head of post school and business development, is now director of lifelong learning while Fred Daly has moved from his post as director of technology to become director of the National Grid for Learning.
Denman College, the 50-year-old adult education centre of the National Federation of Women's Institutes, has appointed Marilyn Holyoake as its new principal. Miss Holyoake, who will take up her new post on June 1, is currently head of faculty of people and services at Dewsbury College.