Stevenson as the new director of strategy and communications.
He replaces Peter Wanless who has become the department's director of
Mr Stevenson was formerly joint director of factual and learning at
the BBC, where he developed and led the BBC's learning strategy,
ensuring that education was embedded into all the corporation's
This followed a series of senior BBC posts, including director of
education (1999-2000), deputy director of nations of regions
(1996-99) and secretary of the BBC (1992-96).
He will take up his post in June.