A trust chief executive whose management style was heavily criticised in a report has found a post as a consultant at the largest teaching hospital in Europe.

A trust chief executive whose management style was heavily criticised in a report has found a post as a consultant at the largest teaching hospital in Europe.

Chris Appleby, who resigned as chief executive of Pennine Acute trust following a critical independent report on the trust's management, has been appointed a temporary consultant at Leeds Teaching Hospitals trust.

Mr Appleby faced pressure to resign from health secretary Patricia Hewitt and local MPs. He is reported to have received severance pay of around£475,000.

A Leeds trust spokesperson said: 'Mr Appleby has been appointed on a consultancy basis to provide temporary cover following the departure of one of our two directors of operations.

'We are reviewing our senior management structure in light of the departure and are confident that Mr Appleby has the right skills and experience to provide some specific support while we decide on the most appropriate way forward. We do not expect the consultancy to last more than six months.'

Mr Appleby was unavailable for comment.

l LeedsUniversity Teaching Hospitals trust chief executive Neil McKay has been appointed chief executive of East of England strategic health authority, to take up post on 1 November. Previous posts include deputy chief executive of the NHS Executive and Department of Health chief operating officer.