Elizabeth Latham has been appointed human resources director for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health trust.Mrs Latham was deputy director of personnel at Bishop Auckland Hospitals trust and then director of personnel for South Durham Healthcare trust.

Victor Adebowale has become Turning Point's chief executive after spending six years with homelessness charity Centrepoint.He will head the 40-year-old organisation, set up to help those suffering drug and alcohol problems.

Robert Davies is to become acting chair of Iechyd Morgannwg health authority.He has been a non-executive director of the HA since 1996 and will hold the position until HAs are abolished in Wales in 2003.He will take over from Hugh Thomas, who has been appointed chair of Swansea trust.

The Health Development Agency has appointed three new non-executive directors.Christine Godfrey is professor of health economics at York University.Her specialist interests include developing methodology to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of health promotion interventions.Liam Hughes is the strategic director of social services at Bradford metropolitan district council, with lead responsibility for health, and has been closely involved with work on health improvement programmes and the health action zone.

Dr Michael Varnam is chair of the professional executive committee at Nottingham primary care trust with responsibility for community development, as well as drug and homelessness work.He has worked on a number of multi-agency initiatives to help improve public health.

Ken Crossland, a partner in PriceWaterhouseCoopers, has been re-appointed to the board of the Health Development Agency.He has experience in helping public bodies create public-private partnership arrangements.

Craegmoor Healthcare has announced the appointment of Phil Lloyd as tactical operations manager for the group, and Karen Hall as regional manager for the elderly division in Wales and the South West.