Professor Ray Robinson is to join the British Dental Association to work alongside its newly formed policy directorate.He will help develop its strategic policy-making as well as provide external health input on oral health issues.

He is professor of health policy at the London School of Economics.

Nick Gerrard has been appointed director of finance at East and North Herts trust.He is acting director of finance and performance management at South East regional office and is due to take up his new post on 1 November.

Frank Gibbons has been appointed head of facilities at University Hospitals of Leicester trust, having previously been head of facilities at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals trust.

Colin Lea, a former chair of West Glamorgan family health services authority, has been elected as vice-chair of the Shadow Health Professions Council.The council has been established as a new regulatory body to replace the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine next April.

Andrew Fane is to become a non-executive director at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children trust following the retirement of Roger Horn.A chartered accountant, Mr Fane is also deputy chair of English Heritage and was appointed to its commission in 1995.

Steve Bullock has been re-appointed chair of Lewisham Hospital trust.The NHS Appointments Commission has agreed to lead the trust for another four years, starting on 1 November.He also works part-time for the Local Government Association, where he provides advice and support to senior Labour members.

Linda Proud and Apu Bagchi are to serve a further term as non-executive directors of Bedford Hospital trust.Ms Proud is a politics and economics teacher and Mr Bagchi is a local councillor and an associate lecturer for the Open University.

Five new non-executive members have been appointed to Western Health and Social Services Board.They are: Edward Turner, Bernadette Grant, Ryan Williams, Vincent Lusby and Dr Ethna Downey.

Dr Diana Walford, director of the Public Health Laboratory Service, has been elected principal of Mansfield College, Oxford.She will continue in her PHLS role until next summer, when she will take up the university post.