Patrick Scott has been appointed director of education of Redcar and Cleveland Council. Mr Scott, 49, joined the authority on its creation in 1996 as deputy director and head of school effectiveness and lifetime learning. A former chair of the National Association of the Teaching of English, he has been Redcar and Cleveland's acting director since last October, when the previous director, Keith Burton, became education director at City of Leeds Council.
Daphne West is to become headmistress of the Maynard School, the independent girls' school in Exeter, in January next year. Dr West, who has been awarded the Pushkin Medal for her contribution to the teaching of Russian, is currently head of modern languages at Sevenoaks School in Kent.
Mike Walker has been appointed headmaster of the King Edward VI Grammar School in Chelmsford. He succeeds Tony Tuckwell, who is retiring after 15 years as head. Dr Walker, currently deputy head of the school, was educated at the Colchester Royal Grammar School and studied for a first degree and doctorate in history at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He has maintained a strong academic and practical interest in how gifted pupils learn.
Martin Curry became the first chief executive of the Geographical Association on December 1. A law graduate, Mr Curry has spent most of his career in environmental management, most recently as manager of the Island of Rum national nature reserve in the Inner Hebrides.
David Johnston has been appointed to run the Arts Council of England's Year of the Artist project. He will work with artists in schools, theatres and sports grounds, to offer small and large residency projects. He has spent the past seven years in charge of Roundabout, the theatre-in-education arm of the Nottingham Playhouse, and was also director of professional theatre and training for Nottinghamshire County Council.