A new chief executive has been appointed to one of UK’s most high profile hospital organisations, HSJ can reveal.

Tim Orchard will take on the substantive position at Imperial College Healthcare Trust in west London, several sources confirmed. He is currently an interim medical director at the trust.

The previous permanent chief at Imperial was Ian Dalton who left in December, after a short stint at the trust, to become NHS Improvement chief executive. 

Julian Redhead, who had been medical director, has been interim chief executive since December.

Professor Orchard is currently interim medical director covering professional development, education and research, and the divisional director for medicine and integrated care. He will take up the post in June.

The trust has a turnover of more than £1bn and is an international centre of teaching and research. It was given a “requires improvement” rating by the Care Quality Commission in February this year.

It is a member of the Shelford Group, which consists of the 10 leading teaching hospital trusts in England.

The appointment of Professor Orchard to Imperial means now three of the 10 trusts are without substantive chief executives in post or appointed.

King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has appointed an interim chief executive after the departure of Nick Moberly. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT and University Hospitals Birmingham FT have yet to announce substantive replacements for Sir Andrew Cash and Dame Julie Moore respectively, who have both announced their retirement from their chief executive posts.