The chief executive of a North West community trust is to take on the top job at a West Midlands mental health provider.

Simon Gilby, who has been chief executive at Wirral Community Trust for more than three years, will become chief executive at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust on 3 August.

Previous chief executive Rachel Newson retired from the post in May.

Mr Gilby told HSJ: “It’s a trust where there are lots of opportunities to work with partners and do something really forward thinking in relation to the Five Year Forward View; that’s the attraction for me.

“The trust has a combination of both community and mental health services which I think is something that has a lot of potential.”

He added: “I have enjoyed very much the support of staff at Wirral Community Trust and in that sense I am sad to be moving on. I leave Wirral Community Trust in a very strong position for the next stage of its journey.”

Karen Howell, currently managing director for specialised and tertiary commissioning with NHS Wales, will succeed Mr Gilby at Wirral Community Trust.