* Helena Kennedy QC, above, has been elected as the new chair of the British Council, replacing Sir Martin Jacomb who retires after six years service. Baroness Kennedy is chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, president of the National Children's Bureau and author of the further education report Learning Works. The British Council is an independent organisation which promotes Britain abroad, teaching English and providing libraries and information centres.
* Howard Green, former principal of Eggbuckland Community College in Plymouth, has joined the Teacher Training Agency to run its training programme for serving headteachers.
In 1990, Mr Green took time out from being a head (he was then head of Henry Box School in Witney, Oxfordshire) to set up the National Educational Assessment Centre, a pioneering attempt to bring a much more systematic approach to the training of heads and deputies. Funded by British Telecom through the Secondary Heads Association, the programme was run in association with Oxford Brookes University.
* Peggy Hulse, above, has been appointed next headteacher of Portsmouth High School, an independent school for about 700 girls and a member of the Girls' Day School Trust. Miss Hulse, at present deputy head of Northampton High School (also GDST), will take up her new post in January next year on the retirement of the present head, Judith Dawtrey.
Highly committed both to her subject (English) and to single-sex education, Miss Hulse has spent most of her career in former direct grant grammar schools, such as Portsmouth High.
* Dorset County Council has appointed John Surowiec as head of strategic services, a new post which makes him deputy to the director of education, Richard Ely. A former geography and economics teacher, Mr Surowiec took a career break as head of contracts for the Marley Tile Company before returning to teaching and education management. He is currently senior education officer responsible for strategic development at Wiltshire County Council.
* David Jeffery has been appointed next principal of the Woodstock School in Uttar Pradesh, India, replacing the Rev Ron Flaming. The Woodstock School is a Christian, international, co-educational boarding school in the front range of the Himalayas, set up nearly 150 years ago.
Mr Jeffery is currently principal of the Anglican International School in Jerusalem. Before that, he was senior adviser for secondary education for Cambridgeshire County Council.