Peter Cain, finance director of East Kent health authority, is to retire next month after 40 years in the NHS. His career has included appointments in East Anglia, Nottingham, and Newcastle upon Tyne. He is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Medway trust has announced that Jan Filochowski has become its new chief executive. He was formerly project director for the National Breakthrough Project. Before that, he was chief executive at Southmead Health Services trust in Bristol.

Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare trust has a new head of communications. Ian Speakman was previously corporate communications manager for a Manchester-based engineering group. He replaces Ian Carpenter, who has moved to Doncaster health authority .

Stuart Fawcett has also taken up a new post at Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare trust, as head of adult mental health. He previously worked for London and Maudsley trust, where he was directorate manager for adult services in Croydon.

Colin Pearson, director of organisational development at Milton Keynes General trust, has been seconded to Egypt for a year to provide human resources expertise to a British Council team working on reform of the Egyptian healthcare system. His post will be filled part-time by Marion McCrindle, a management consultant, who will also be continuing with her consultancy .

East Anglian Ambulance trust general manager for patient and courier transport services Adrian Matthews has been asked to chair an Ambulance Service Association committee on patient transport services that is designed to share best practice.

Nick Ville has become a non-executive director of Barking and Havering health authority. He is a senior manager in the public services directorate of the Audit Commission.

Jane Buchanan has been reappointed as a non-executive director of Southampton Community Health Services trust. She is a data manager for Southampton General Hospitals childrens cancer ward.

Phil Davies, former assistant director of the NHS Confederation in Wales, has taken up a new post as manager for Wales for the Alzheimers Society.

Obituary Frank Naylor, joint head of a well-known NHS management family, died at Battle Hospital in Reading on 23 December. He and his twin brother, Maurice, were among the first administrators when the NHS was formed in 1948. After holding a number of posts, Mr Naylor became group secretary for Reading and District hospital management committee in 1965, a post he held until his retirement in 1974. He was also a member of the Institute of Health Services Management national council. His son, Robert, has followed him into NHS management and is now chief executive of Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull trust. He said his father was a credit to the early pioneers of NHS administration and would be sadly missed.