David Sloman has been named as the new chief executive of the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London. He will take up the position in September.

He has been chief executive at the nearby Whittington Hospital for the past five years after heading Haringey primary care trust and the Marylebone primary care group.

He commented: “The Royal Free has a deserved reputation for providing excellent services, and is held in high regard by staff and patients alike.

“There is a strong track record of high achievement to build on, and we can move forward with confidence and strength.

“I look forward to meeting the staff, getting to know the services and becoming part of a high performing hospital and team.”

The hospital’s chairman Dominic Dodd said: “We are very pleased that David has agreed to join the Royal Free. In addition to 10 years’ experience at chief executive level, he has a deep knowledge and commitment to the NHS in north London and will be a strong voice for the hospital.”