Paul Turner has been appointed chief executive of Dorset Community trust. He has been its finance director since February 1997 and was previously finance director at Bradford Hospitals trust. A qualified accountant, Mr Turner has experience of both the public and private sectors.

Former nurse and manager Christine Hay has taken over as chair of Hillingdon health authority.

She has 30 years' experience in nursing, health promotion and general management. She is also chair of Hounslow social services and of the Healthy Hounslow Steering Group. She serves on the Local Government Association's social affairs and health committee, the Royal College of GPs' patient liaison group and the Women and Health Screening Delegation.

Clive Myers succeeds former social services secretary Lord Jenkin as chair of Forest Healthcare trust. He moves to the trust from Barking and Havering health authority, where he has been chair since April 1996. Mr Myers is a management consultant and former commercial director in the electricity and gas industries.

Alison Davis has been appointed chair of Bedford and Shires Health and Care trust, having been a non-executive director for the past five years. Ms Davis, a solicitor, has been acting chair since December.

Teresa Moor has joined Leeds health authority as public health director (nursing). She is currently commissioning manager for East Riding HA.

Hilary McCallion has been appointed executive director for nursing and service development at Lewisham and Guy's Mental Health trust. She will take up the post on 1 September. Ms McCallion will join the trust's medical director in chairing its clinical governance committee.

Coventry city councillor Dave Chater has become a non-executive director of Coventry health authority, while local GP Peter O'Brien and civil service commissioner Karamjit Singh have been reappointed.

Dorset Healthcare trust has recruited Paul Harker as consultant in public health. He moves to the trust from Bristol University, where he directed a health promotion research programme.

Stephen Griffin has been appointed labour relations director at the Royal College of Nursing. He is currently on secondment to the NHS Executive, and was previously personnel director for the two Leeds acute hospital trusts which merged this year. Mr Griffin succeeds Phil Gray - now chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.