Colin Martin has been appointed finance director of Tees and North East Yorkshire trust, formed in a three-way merger in April last year. He was previously assistant finance director of South Tees Community and Mental Health trust.

Zoe Reed has been appointed director of organisational and community development for South London and Maudsley trust. She was formerly corporate director, partnership and citizen engagement, for Watford council.

Professor Louis Smidt has been appointed chair of Brent, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health trust. He was formerly chief executive of Camden and Islington Community Health Services trust.

Cornwall Healthcare trust has a new non-executive director, James McCulloch, a food firm executive.

Ann Owen, Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association professional officer for Wales, has become the first CPHVA represent - ative elected to chair the joint professional nursing forum in Wales.

Tim Whitaker has become head of communications for the Audit Commission. He was director of external relations for the Economic and Social Research Council.

David Knowles has been appointed non-executive director of St George's Healthcare trust. A former health authority district general manager, he was president of the Institute of Health Services Management 1993-94 and is director of education and leadership development at the King's Fund.

John Somers will become acting chief executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust on Monday. He is currently chief executive of Pilgrim Health trust in Boston, Lincolnshire. The new trust, formed by a merger of acute trusts in the area, will formally be established on 1 April.

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