Cornwall’s primary care trust and hospital trust are both looking for new chief executives.

Cornwall’s primary care trust and hospital trust are both looking for new chief executives.

NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly chief executive Ann James is leaving to become NHS Devon chief executive early next year.

Last year the PCT faced strong opposition to plans to move upper gastro-intestinal cancer surgical services from the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

PCT chair Andrew Williamson said: “The reputation [Ms James] has gained for our organisation means we will be able to recruit from the highest possible calibre of candidates. Ann’s legacy in Cornwall is best summed up by the trust recently being shortlisted for HSJ’s prestigious award of primary care organisation of the year.”

Ms James said: “It has been a real privilege to work alongside such committed staff and well informed local communities.”

NHS Devon chief executive Kevin Snee is moving to New Zealand to lead the Hawkes Bay District Health Board.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has not had a permanent chief executive since October last year, when John Watkinson was suspended.

A review commissioned by its board and the strategic health authority NHS South West, published in April, found the trust was moving “towards corporate failure”, and Mr Watkinson was sacked.

Torbay Care Trust chief Peter Colclough has been seconded to run the organisation since February.

It was one of eight trusts labelled “underperforming” by the Department of Health in September, which the DH said was due to poor quality and safety of services.

Meanwhile the region’s strategic health authority, NHS South West, has appointed Charles Howeson as chair. His current positions include chair of the First Great Western Trains advisory board.

He replaces Sir Michael Pitt, who has been appointed chair of the new Infrastructure Planning Commission, which makes planning decisions on projects of national importance.