Published: 16/06/2005, Volume II5, No. 5960 Page 7

The chief executive of a zero-starred trust has been seconded as policy adviser to the health secretary.

Matthew Swindells was appointed chief executive of Royal Surrey County Hospital trust in March 2003, just before it fell from two to zero stars, where it has stayed.

Mr Swindells joined the trust after a year as principal adviser on public services policy at the Cabinet Office's Office of Public Service. Before that he spent three years at Heatherwood and Wexham Hospitals trust; between 1991 and 1999 he worked for St Thomas' Hospital, and later Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital trust.

Ms Hewitt is expected to appoint Matt Tee, director of business development for healthcare information business Dr Foster, as her media adviser.

Mr Tee was communications director for the Commission for Health Improvement for four years until its abolition last April. Before that he was director of news at the Department of Trade and Industry, when Ms Hewitt was minister for small business and e-commerce.

Before that he was director of communications for Guys & St Thomas', where he worked alongside Mr Swindells.

Mr Tee was not available for comment, and the Department of Health would not comment.

Liz Kendall, formerly health researcher for the Institute for Public Policy and Research, remains Ms Hewitt's special adviser. Ms Hewitt was deputy director of the IPPR from 1989 to 1994.