WORKFORCE: The finance director of the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire primary care trust cluster has left.

Mark Orchard will be replacing Southampton, Hampshire Isle of Wight and Portsmouth PCT cluster finance director Steve Bolam who is leaving to become finance director at St George’s Healthcare Trust in London.

Mr Orchard will be replaced by Neil Kemsley, currently finance director at the Devon, Plymouth and Torbay PCT cluster.

In her report to July’s board, BNSSG cluster chief executive Deborah Evans said: “Mark has done an outstanding job for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, rapidly gaining the respect of our NHS partners and bringing strong financial control and strategic financial planning into play.”

Mr Orchard was also finance director designate at Dorset County Hospital Foundation Trust but pulled out on being offered the SHIP cluster role which was closer to his home.