WORKFORCE: Mark Easton is set to leave his role leading NHS Brent and neighbouring Harrow to take up a role leading Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust.

He will replace interim chief executive Paul Hawkins at the beginning of May.

Mr Easton was previously chief executive of NHS Brent and interim director of strategy for NHS London.

Former Barnet and Chase Farm chief executive Averil Dongworth left the role to lead Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Marcia Saunders, chair of NHS Brent and Harrow sub-cluster, said: “Mark Easton has made a huge contribution to NHS Brent over the past three and a half years, creating and leading an exceptionally strong management team which has turned a failing organisation into one of London’s strongest and in a very short time translating that leadership into NHS Harrow where it is starting to bear fruit. 

“As a result of that leadership, I am confident that we now have the strength, drive and talent at all levels to take the NHS Brent and Harrow sub-cluster through transition and support local GPs in their preparations to take over healthcare commissioning by 2013, while maintaining a grip on performance.

“We are currently in the process of making the necessary arrangements to cover Mark’s departure to ensure the progress we have made to date, continues.”