Greater Manchester Ambulance Service trust has appointed Allan Withers as emergency planning manager. Mr Withers, who joined GMAS in 1992, will also take charge of year 2000 preparations.

Della Fallon, assistant director of children's and mental health services for Bedfordshire health authority, has been seconded to the social services inspectorate's new team of regional development workers to help implement the government's quality protects programme.

Dominic Harrison, head of North Lancashire health promotion unit, which is run by Blackpool Community Health trust, has been appointed to the honorary post of deputy director of public health at Lancaster University.

East Kent Community trust has three new non-executive directors. They are Mike Cosgrove, retired area director of Kent social services, Pauline Yates, a former nurse who runs a health and safety consultancy, and David Lambert, retired chief officer of Ashford borough council.

Judith Stamper has been appointed as a non-executive director of Bromley Hospitals trust. She works in special needs education.

A non-executive director has also been appointed to Stockport Acute Services trust. He is Bob Lewis, who retires as director of social services at Stockport metropolitan borough council next month.