Published: 16/05/2002, Volume II2, No. 5805 Page 34

NHS Confederation chair Dianne Jeffrey, who is also chair of High Peak and Dales primary care trust, has been appointed high sheriff of Derbyshire.This is a one-year, non-political post designed to bring together individuals from all walks of life for the good of the community.

Ruth Lesirge, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation for the last two-and-a-half years, is to leave the charity in September.Ms Lesirge, 57, said the foundation had had one of its most successful fundraising years .

Alan Hall, former chief executive of Priority Healthcare Wearside trust in Sunderland, has been appointed chief executive of South of Tyne and Wearside Mental Health trust.Cynthia Rickitt has been appointed chair of the trust; director of finance and performance management is Alan E Hall.

Sue MeLellen is the new chief executive of Harrow primary care trust. She has been chief executive of Harrow and Hillingdon Healthcare trust for the past four years.

Management consultant Geoff Rose, a pharmacist, is chairing the trust.He was chair of Brent and Harrow health authority and a special trustee of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

June Patel, a nurse, psychiatric nurse and health visitor, has been appointed director of clinical services and nursing at South Worcestershire primary care trust. She was previously director of nursing at Worcestershire Community and Mental Health trust.

Dr Elizabeth Parry, senior research fellow at the University of Wales, Swansea, and Dr Gillian Clare, head of genetic toxicity at Huntingdon Life Sciences, have been appointed to the committee of mutagenicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment.The committee advises the chief medical officer and Food Standards Agency board chair.