Lezli Boswell has been confirmed as Ashworth Hospital's new chief executive, having been acting chief executive at the high security hospital for 10 months on secondment from Mental Health Services of Salford.

Ralph McCormack has been appointed chief executive of Havering primary care trust and will take up the post on 1 April.

He is currently BHB Community Health Care trust's divisional director of mental health and learning disabilities. He first joined the NHS in Paisley as a nursing assistant.

Chair of the new South Staffordshire Healthcare trust, formed by a merger of the Foundation, First Community and Premier Health trust will be Andrew Milward, a business consultant and current chair of South Staffordshire Mental Health Partnership Board.

Susan Durrant , currently chair of Premier Health trust, has been appointed chair of the newly formed Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust.

University Hospital Birmingham trust has appointed Catherine Elcoat director of nursing. She is currently on secondment at the clinical governance support team from her role as director of nursing at Birmingham City Hospital.

Sian Bates , currently a non-executive director of Kingston and Richmond health authority, will chair the new Teddington, Twickenham and Hamptons primary care trust when it becomes operational on 1 April.

Beverley Davies has taken up the post of matron/manager at Cirencester Hospital. She was previously involved in commissioning and service development at New Forest PCT.

Chair of the newly formed Chesterfield PCT will be Chesterfield's mayoress Tricia Foster, while Ian Mather , chair of Bassetlaw CHC, will chair North Eastern Derbyshire PCT.