Steve Edwards has taken up the post of director of the East Manchester education action zone. He was previously director of the Dingle Regeneration Partnership in Liverpool.
Brian Harrison, fellow of Corpus Christi College and professor of modern British history at the University of Oxford, has been appointed editor of the New Dictionary of National Biography. He succeeds Professor Colin Matthew who died in October.
Steve Bacon is to become the first general secretary of the National Association of Advisers in Education, the professional association for those working in information and communications technology in education. Mr Bacon, a founder member of the association, comes to the post from Derbyshire, where he is general adviser with responsibility for ICT.
Nicholas Hytner, the stage and screen director best known for directing The Madness of King George is the new Cameron Mackintosh visiting professor of contemporary theatre at Oxford University.
Tom Wheare, head of Bryanston School in Dorset, is this year's chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference, which represents more than 240 leading boys' and co-educational ublic schools.
Lynda Warrington, headmistress of Bradford Girls' Grammar School, is the new president of the Girls' Schools Association, which has 216 member schools. Mrs Warrington is a physicist and "a firm and passionate believer in the value of single-sex education". New chairman of the Independent Schools Association is
John Wade, principal of Gateway School, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, a co-educational day school for children aged 2 to 12. The ISA's 290 member schools educate nearly 65,000 pupils of all ages.
James McArthur, head of Reading Blue Coat School in Berkshire, is this year's chairman of the Society of Headmasters and Headmistresses of Independent Schools. The society's 90 members represent enormous variety, ranging from specialist music schools to schools which support dyslexics.
Hilary Moriarty will next term become headmistress of Bedgebury School, Goudhurst, Kent. She replaces Lindsey Jane Griffin, who has become headmistress of Central Newcastle High School for Girls. Mrs Moriarty, a regular contributor to The TES, is currently deputy head of the Red Maids' School in Bristol.
Kerr Fulton-Peebles has been appointed head of King Edward's School Witley, a mixed, independent boarding school in Surrey. Mr Fulton-Peebles, who takes up his new post in September, is currently principal of King William's College, Isle of Man.