Barbara Kennedy (above), previously chief executive of Leicestershire Mental Health Service trust, has been appointed chief executive of North West Anglia Healthcare trust, where she first worked as a director in 1990.

The Royal Hospitals trust has a new chair. Maurice Lessof has been appointed to the post temporarily until the summer - he is unable to take it up permanently because of other commitments. A retired professor of medicine at the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, he was previously deputy chair of the then Guy's and Lewisham trust and then chair of Lewisham Hospital trust. Carol Hinvest, a Tower Hamlets Labour councillor, also joins the trust, as a non-executive director.

Marice Travers has been re-appointed chair of Tameside and Glossop Community and Priority Services trust. Mrs Travers, director of Age Concern Tameside, has been trust chair since 1993

Royal Cornwall Hospitals trust has appointed retired Cornwall county council education secretary David Fryer as a non-executive director. Doreen Henderson, a retired former citizens advice bureau manager, and shipyard finance director Tony Hill, who joined the board in 1992 and 1994 respectively, have also been re-appointed.

Labour councillor Mike Green has been appointed non- executive director of Mancunian Community Health trust. Mr Green is a former chair of South Manchester community health council.

Richard Parish has moved from Sheffield Hallam University, where he was director of the school of health and community studies and public health professor, to become head of health studies at York University.

The International Hospitals Group has appointed Philip Cottis as senior consultant to its UK healthcare consultancy division. He joins from Thames Management Services, part of Essex Ambulance Service trust, where he was business manager.

Chris Dabbs is leaving his post of chief officer of Salford community health council to join the School of Social Entrepreneurs on secondment. SSE is a newly established 'business school' for the community and voluntary sector.

The British Dyslexia Association has a new chief executive, Joanna Rule. She was previously director of external affairs at the Royal College of Nursing.