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STEVE ALEXANDER has taken over as the new chief executive of the British Dyslexia Association, following the departure in February of Joanne Rule to head the medical cancer charity BACUP. Mr Alexander joins the BDA from SENSE, the charity for the deafblind, where he was national director of operations.

Brian Cooney has been appointed chief executive of the Royal London Society for the Blind which provides education, training and employment for children and adults with visual impairments. Mr Cooney, currently head of the RLSB's Dorton House School, Sevenoaks, Kent, takes over from Peter Talbot.

Clarissa Farr, principal of Queenswood, the independent girls' school in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, is the new chairman of the 500-strong Boarding Schools Association for 2001-2. Principal of Queenswood since 1996, where she was previously deputy head, she is married to John Goodbody, recently named as Sports Reporter of the Year. Queenswood is a girls' boarding school with nearly 400 pupils, two-thirds of them boarders, and was established as a Lawn Tennis Association centre of excellence in 1996.

Michael Warne, director of Kent Music School for the past 23 years, is to take early retirement from September 1 to spend more time with his wife, who is in poor health. Under his leadership the school has grown from an organisation with 6,000 students and three music centres to one with 15,000 students and 20 centres.

Sacha Frost has been appointed education project manager jointly by Ipswich Town Football Club and Suffolk County Council. Her role will be to develop and expand the use of the football club and stadium as a learning resource for Suffolk schools and their pupils.

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