Rosanne Musgrave, head of Blackheath High School in south east London, is the new president of the Girls' Schools Association, the body representing the leading girls' independent schools.
Educated in state primary schools and at Cheltenham Ladies' College, Ms Musgrave read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and has taught in both state and independent schools. Blackheath high, of which she became head in 1989, is one of the 25 members of the Girls' Day School Trust.
James Sabben-Clare, head of Winchester College since 1985, has become chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) for 1999. A classical scholar, who was educated at Winchester and has spent most of his teaching career at the school, Mr Sabben-Clare was the principal architect of the HMC inspection scheme.
John Dunston, head of Leighton Park, the co-educational Quaker secondary school in Reading which educated Michael Foot and David Lean, has become chairman of the Society of Headmasters and Headmistresses of Independent Schools, whose 80-plus members include music schools and those pioneering work in dyslexia. And David Farrell, head of Hydesville Tower School, Walsall, is the new chairman of the Independent Schools Association, whose 290 member schools educate nearly 65,000 pupils.
Julie Mellor has been appointed to the new, three-day-a-week chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Ms Mellor, who runs her own consultancy firm on equal opportunities and human resource development, is a commissioner at the Commission for Racial Equality and has been a board member of the Employers' Forum on Disability as well as a leading member of the CBI's equal opportunities advisory panel. Announcing her appointment, Education and Employment Secretary David Blunkett said that he was showing his confidence in her by increasing the EOC's grant from a planned figure of pound;5.8m to pound;7.1m by the year 2000-01.
Mark Perfect has been appointed chief executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Mr Perfect, who has worked for the Treasury, the Audit Commission and the Home Office, was the co-author of Misspent Youth, an Audit Commission report on the youth justice system published in November 1996. In 1997 he was secretary to the Home Secretary's task force on youth justice, whose advice is reflected in the youth justice provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the implementation of which his board will now be supervising.
Sandra Dawson, director of the Judge Institute of Management Studies (Cambridge's business school) has been elected Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. The college, which went co-educational in the 1970s, is the first of the formerly all-male colleges to elect a woman as Master. Professor Dawson will succeed Professor Gabriel Horn FRS, on his retirement in July.