A chair has been appointed to oversee the development of the new body that will be responsible for NHS workforce education and training.

NHS South of England vice chair Kate Lampard has been appointed to chair the steering group that will “take forward the design and development” of Health Education England.

Current managing director of Medical Education England, Christine Outram, was appointed as senior responsible officer for HEE earlier this month.

HEE is being set up as part of the government’s health reforms and will incorporate some of the present roles of Medical Education England and the professional advisory boards for allied health professionals and nursing and midwifery.

It will distribute around £5bn of training money to groups of trusts formed into local education and training boards, and hold them to account for how they spent it.

HEE is expected to be approved as a special health authority early next year and will operate in a shadow role from 1 October 2012 prior to becoming fully operational by April 2013.

Ms Lampard was formerly chair of NHS South East Coast before the strategic health authority clustered with NHS South Central and NHS South West on 3 October.

She has previously worked as a barrister specialising in insolvency, company law and property matters. She has also held several NHS appointments, as a non-executive director of West Kent Health Authority, chair of Invicta Community Care NHS Trust and chair of Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority.

Ms Lampard said: “I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to help develop the formation of Heath Education England. I’m looking forward to the challenges it will involve and leading the steering group as the organisation develops in the coming months.”