Published: 15/08/2002, Volume III, No. 5818 Page 32

Joan Higgins has been appointed chair of Christie Hospital trust. She is currently professor of social policy at Manchester University and director of the Manchester Centre for Healthcare Management.Her late husband was treated at the hospital and Professor Higgins said that this experience gave her an understanding of the patient and carer perspectives.

Mary Archer has been appointed chair of Addenbrooke's trust.Dr Archer, a lecturer in chemistry at Newnham College, Cambridge, is currently the trust's vicechair and takes up her new post in November. She will serve a four-year term of office in the post.Dr Archer already chairs the trust's clinical ethics forum, is a trustee of the Fund for Addenbrooke's and is a member of the Tissue Bank management committee.

Stuart Gray has been appointed chief executive of Lothian University Hospitals trust.He takes over from Allister Stewart in October.Mr Gray will be moving to Scotland from Wales, where he has been chief executive of four health authorities and trusts in the last 14 years.Mr Gray, who is 48, began his career in the NHS nearly 30 years ago and is currently chief executive of Dyfed Powys HA.

Christina Haworth, who liaises between health and social services in the Durham area, has been appointed director of nursing and patient services for Durham Dales primary care trust. In her new role, she will work with nursing and other community staff developing services and improving the health of the local population.Ms Hawarth's career has mainly been as a practising nurse.

Geraldine Butler is the new nursing director for Independent Community Living, the Caerphilly-based company providing residential care for people with learning disabilities and mental problems.She moves to Wales from eastern England, where she worked in learning disabilities with the New Possibilities trust in Colchester.