North Middlesex University Hospital Trust has a new chief executive, HSJ can reveal. It comes as the head of a neighbouring trust steps down.

North Middlesex has appointed the current chief executive of Ealing Hospital Trust Julie Lowe as its new boss, following interviews last week.

HSJ understands the trust interviewed candidates from inside and outside London for the role.

Ealing has recorded financial break-even positions each year under Ms Lowe’s leadership, and taken over the provider arms of Brent, Harrow and Ealing primary care trusts.

But the trust’s services are slated to be downgraded under the north west London Shaping A Healthier Future plan, and it is in the process of being taken over by North West London Hospitals Trust.

The news comes as Barnet and Chase Farm chief executive Mark Easton steps down.

The £350m-turnover trust is in the process of shifting significant amounts of its work to North Middlesex in a large scale service reconfiguration and is looking at a merger with the Royal Free London Foundation Trust.

A statement from Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust said: “As the business case for capital works at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals has been produced and the strategic outline case for the transaction with the Royal Free London Foundation Trust has been submitted, Mark Easton has agreed that it is an appropriate time for him to step down from his role as chief executive.

“Alternative arrangements are being made, with particular emphasis on supporting the trust strategically over what will be a period of significant change.

“Chair Baroness Wall and the trust board are in discussion with NHS London and the NHS Trust Development Authority in making the alternative arrangements.

“Mary Joseet, director of planning, performance and partnership will act as chief executive until the alternative arrangements are made.”