Bernard Williams has been appointed chair of Berkshire health authority. Mr Williams was previously chair of Bethlem and Maudsley trust. He succeeds Richard Eassie.

Five non-executive directors have been appointed to serve with chair Peter Innes on the board of North East Ambulance Service trust. They are: Gillian Baker, a former non-executive director of Northumbria Ambulance Services trust; Thomas Conery, a retired trade union official; Elizabeth Rawlins, another former non-executive director of Northumbria Ambulance Services trust; Professor Mohammed Sarwar, and Marilyn Spellman, a former non-executive director of Durham County Ambulance trust.

Professor Sir John Pattison has been appointed director of research and development at the Department of Health. Sir John is vice-provost and professor of medical microbiology at University College, London, and chair of the government's spongiform encephalopathy advisory committee. He will start his new appointment in the autumn.

David Steel has been appointed chief executive of the Clinical Standards Board for Scotland. Since 1995, he has been head of health gain in the NHS Management Executive at the Scottish Office.

Pat Taylor, director of finance and strategic planning at County Durham and Darlington Priority Services trust, has become head of the finance development branch at the NHS Executive's headquarters in Leeds.

Rosemary Cook has become nursing officer, primary care, at the NHS Executive's headquarters in Leeds. She has a background in practice nursing, has published widely, and was latterly manager of the Manchester multi-disciplinary audit and control group.