succeeds Professor Sir Gareth
Roberts. Before his appointment at UMIST, Professor Boucher was head of the department of mechanical and process engineering at the University of Sheffield, where he worked for 25 years.
Nick Reilly CBE, chairman and managing director of Vauxhall Motors Ltd, has been appointed chairman-designate of the Adult Learning Inspectorate, responsible for inspecting the education of adults over 19. It will also, with the Office for Standards in Education, undertake joint inspections and area-wide inspections of sixth-form, tertiary and FE colleges. Mr Reilly chairs both the Training Standards Council and the Confederation of British Industry's economic affairs committee.
Louise Robinson is to be the next principal of Howell's School, the independent girls' day and boarding school in Denbigh, north Wales. Mrs Robinson, currently deputy headmistress of Manchester high school for girls, is a graduate in computer science and mathematics. Next January, she will replace the current principal, Sandra ordon, who remains at Howell's as head of the preparatory school.
The child care charity NCH Action for Children has appointed Linda Redford to the newly-created post of education adviser. A teacher and consultant on pupils with special educational needs and a current member of the SEN tribunal, she will work closely with the five special schools run by NCH Action for Children.
Stuart Davies has been appointed director of strategy and planning at Resource - the council for museums, archives and libraries. Mr Davies, who is currently museums policy adviser at the Heritage Lottery Fund, and has also worked for Kirklees Metropolitan Council, will join Resource in October. Also joining the council is Catherine Atkinson, who becomes the Millennium Awards administrator for the Sharing Museum Skills scheme.
Christina Coker, chief executive of the National Foundation for Youth Music, and Roger Durston, principal of the BRIT city technology college for the arts in Croydon, are among 14 members of the new advisory group for the Government's Music and Ballet Scheme. The violinist Tamsin Little is also a member. The scheme awards more than 700 scholarships to children with exceptional talent in music or dance.