Published: 12/12/2001, Volume II2, No. 5835 Page 33

Professor Alasdair Breckenridge will be chair of the medicines and healthcare products regulatory agency when it is created in April 2003.

Professor Breckenridge was professor of clinical pharmacology at Liverpool University.He has worked as assessor to various programmes of the EU and with the World Health Organisation.

Jim Potter is one of two new nonexecutive directors at Addenbrooke's trust, Cambridge.

Mr Potter is a parish councillor for Balsham and before his retirement was chief executive of Freeman Group.The other, Shona Johnstone, is a Cambridgeshire county councillor and Conservative Party spokeswoman on the environment and transport.

St Helens primary care trust has appointed Liz Powell as director of clinical services.Ms Powell, who began her nursing career at Wigan Infirmary, will be shaping the trust's clinical services and developing education and training for clinical staff.She was awarded the OBE in 1999.

Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital trust has a new non-executive director, Dr Yousef Taktak.He is group director of business development for cardiovascular medicine technology specialist Lombard Medical.Previously, he was chief executive of PolyBioMed, a company he co-founded.Dr Taktak also has links with the NHS, having carried out research work at Leeds General Infirmary and Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Four new members have been appointed to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.Professor Neva Haites is professor of medical genetics, Aberdeen University, and chair of the British Society of Human Genetics; Dr Maybeth Jamieson is a clinical embryologist at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and a founder member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists; Clare Brown is executive director of Child, the national infertility support network; Walter Merricks is the financial ombudsman service's chief ombudsman and founder of the donor conception network. In addition, Professor Peter Braude, head of the division of women's and children's health, Guy's, King's and St Thomas' school of medicine, has been re-appointed to the authority.

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