WORKFORCE: The Countess of Chester has announced the appointment of a replacement for its outgoing chief executive Peter Herring.

The trust said in a statement that Tony Chambers would take over as COCH chief executive in December this year.

“Tony is an experienced NHS leader with a strong track record of managing large scale acute hospital services,” it said.

“From starting his career as a student nurse in Bolton in 1985 he has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles in a range of sectors; most recently as the Director of Planning, Performance and Delivery at Hywel dda Health Board in South Wales. Prior to this he held Executive Director Roles in hospitals in Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire.”