Matthew Taylor has been appointed as director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, the centre-left think tank. Mr Taylor, 37, is currently assistant general secretary and head of policy at the Labour party. He will start his new post in early December, replacing Gerald Holtham who is joining Norwich Union Investment as head of strategy.
Andrea Hughes has been appointed chair of Bury's education and community services Committee. At 30, she is thought to be the youngest politician to occupy such a position. Mrs Hughes succeeds David Ryder.
The new London-wide equalities panel set up by the Association of London Government has elected Karen Jewitt as its chair. Ms Jewitt, who is also chair of Croydon's equalities sub committee, was elected by representatives from each of the 32 London boroughs and the City of London Corporation. She will work with deputy chair, Stephen Padmore (Lewisham), Simon Green (Redbridge), Angela Baughan (Sutton) and Janet Bowen-Hutchings (Kingston) who were elected vice chairs.
Peter Madden, Abbas Syed, Dr Robert Jerrard, Roger Newport, Anthony Whitehouse and Rod Pilling have been made professors of the University of Central England in Birmingham. Their routes to the university have been varied and include jobs in journalism and the Civil Service. The university has also announced that it will be awarding Professor George Noszlopy the title of Emeritus Professor in the History of Art. Professor Noszlopy is currently course director of the Postgraduate DiplomaMA in history of art and design at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.
Educational Support Services, the supply teacher agency, has appointed Barbara Charles as customer services director and Mary Langshaw as regional manager and associate. Mrs Charles was previously a Russian language consultant and teacher. She has worked with ESS for four years with responsibility for teacher recruitment, marketing and PR. Mrs Langshaw is a former biology teacher at St Lawrence's High School and Walkden High School, both in Salford.
The University of Derby has made five new appointments to its religious studies subject team, including two new professorships: Dr Jamal Malik, a specialist in Muslim traditions in the Indian Sub-continent and Europe, is now head of the religious studies subject area; John Hinnells, a visiting professor at the university for more than a year is now research professor in comparative religion.