WORKFORCE: The chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust has resigned.

David Edwards joined the trust in August 2012 to lead its turnaround programme. He intends to stay in his position until a successor is found, and plans to leave in June.

He previously chaired the former commissioning body Great Yarmouth and Waveney Primary Care Trust and had been a non executive director of James Paget University Hospital Foundation Trust in Norfolk.

He previously had been chief executive of acute trusts in Birmingham, Nottingham and Cardiff for more than 20 years. In 2005, he was awarded an OBE for services to healthcare.

In a message to colleagues, Mr Edwards said he said the trust “is a great organisation with wonderful staff and services and has a positive future”. But he added: “However the travelling for me is just not sustainable.”

“One of the great pleasures for me has been seeing services delivered so professionally across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough,” he said. “Staff have faced considerable challenges and necessary organisational change and have reached out to work differently across the health and social care system.”

Trust chief executive Aidan Thomas said: “Although I understand David’s reasons, I am personally very sad that he will be leaving the trust.

“He’s done a fantastic job during his time with us and has helped lead us to where we are today by transforming the external relations the trust has.

“I have felt very supported by him during my time at CPFT and he will be a very hard act to follow.”