Published: 05/12/2002, Volume112 No. 5834 Page 39

Professor Edward Peck has begun work as professor of healthcare partnerships and director of the health services management centre at Birmingham University, one of the leading centres for management education and research in the UK.Mr Peck's last post was director of the institute for applied health and social policy at King's College London.

Angela Hawkes will be the new chief executive of Hartlepool primary care trust. She is currently director of service integration at Easington primary care group.Ms Hawkes has previously been chief executive of South Tyneside primary care group and executive director of Redbridge and Waltham Forest health authority.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital consultant ophthalmologist Nick Astbury has been elected president of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for a three-year term.

Mark Cooke has joined the Ambulance Service Association as its national clinical effectiveness programme manager.Mr Cooke has been with the service since 1985.

Peter Griffiths has been appointed non-executive director of Sussex Downs and Weald primary care trust.

He is chief executive of accreditation body Health Quality Service and has previously been a director of the King's Fund and chief executive of Guy's and Lewisham trust.

Elaine Best has been appointed chief executive of East Surrey primary care trust.Ms Best was formerly executive director for health business at Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham health authority.

The recently formed County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals trust has appointed Angela Ballatti as its chair.She had been chair of the former North Durham Health Care trust since November 2001.

Meg Randall, acting finance director with Southampton University Hospitals trust, has died suddenly, aged 43.She was well known in the local NHS for her work with a number of health organisations.