Edna Robinson has been appointed chief executive of the new Salford primary care trust - one of the three teaching PCTs. For the past two years she has headed the Manchester, Salford and Trafford health action zone.

Jim Birrell has been appointed chief executive of Aintree Hospitals trust, succeeding David Wood. Mr Birrell was most recently director of performance management at the North West regional office and was previously director of finance at the Royal Liverpool Children's trust.

John Pullin, currently associate director of acute services development at Kingston and Richmond health authority, will take up the post of director of Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton in July.

Dr Pat Chipping has been appointed medical director of North Staffordshire Hospital, replacing Dr Keith Prowse, who is retiring. He has been head of the hospital's clinical support services division since 1999.

Dorothea Reid has been appointed to lead the development of closer management links between Stoke Mandeville and South Buckinghamshire trusts. She will be responsible for producing a summary of options, including possible merger of the two trusts.

Peter Mount is to chair the newly formed Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals trust, having chaired the Salford Royal Hospitals trust since 1994. He is also chair of the Greater Manchester Workforce Confederation.

Rebecca Gray, currently head of public affairs at the Alzheimer's Society, will take up the post of deputy director of communications for the Commission for Health Improvement in June.

Professor Norma Brook, a self-employed consultant in physiotherapy, has taken up post as president of the Shadow Health Professions Council.