Dame Barbara Mills, former director of public prosecutions, has been appointed a non-executive director of the Royal Free and Hampstead trust.

Wakefield South East primary care group has appointed a lay member as its chair. Don Marshall, a local authority grounds service manager, has been on the PCG board since 1998.

Robert Creighton, chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children for the past five years, left last week to take on a new project aimed at improving health links with Europe and the Greater London Authority. His deputy, Roger Harris, will take over as acting chief executive.

Former chair of Tower Hamlets community health council Elsie Gilding has been re-appointed as non-executive director of Barts and the London trust. She remains chair of the trust until an appointment is made.

Lawyer and deputy lieutenant of Greater London Rodney Brooke has been appointed as non-executive director of Riverside Community Health Care trust.

Irene Short, former chair of Aylesbury Vale Healthcare trust, has been appointed as the new chair of Buckinghamshire health authority. She will hold the post until March 2004.

Richard Burbidge is to stand down as chair of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital trust next month after seven years due to pressure of outside work.

Professor Idris Williams has been re-appointed as chair of the Morecambe Bay Hospitals trust for a further four years. Cathie Lubelska has also been re-appointed as a non-executive director of the trust for a further four years.

Aberdeen GP Ken Procter, current medical director of out-of-hours co-operative Grampian Doctors On-Call Services, has been appointed a medical director of Highland Primary Care trust.

Angus Nicholl has taken over the post of director of the Public Health Laboratory Service communicable disease surveillance centre. Dr Nicholl has been acting director since the departure of Professor Christopher Bartlett in May.

Jacky Gruhn, former joint development manager with the London Borough of Newham, has been appointed health improvement manager for Newham primary care group.