James Findlay

has been appointed chair of the new West Lothian trust. He is an accountant with experience in the whisky and construction industries and is currently a non-executive director of Lothian health board.

Pharic Gillibrand,

a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, has been appointed chair of Southampton and South West Hampshire health authority. He will take up his appointment on 1 December, following the retirement of Professor Jack Howell.

Mr Findlay is one of six new trust chairs appointed in the wake of a shake-up of the Scottish health service. The others are: Vivien Dance, a businesswoman, who will lead the primary care trust in north Argyll and Clyde, John Mullin, a former Labour councillor and PR consultant, who will lead the primary care trust in south Argyll and Clyde, John Smithson, a businessman, who will chair the Borders acute trust, Elinor Smith, a Bank of Scotland associate director, who will chair the acute trust in south Glasgow, and Stewart Whiteford, a farmer, who will lead the acute trust in Highland health board's area.

Barnet health authority has appointed Ray Westcott to the newly created post of director of community development and external relations. He has been a neighbourhood manager for the London Borough of Islington for the past seven years.

Avon local pharmaceutical committee claims to be the first in the country to appoint a full-time non-pharmacist as secretary. Gaynor King, formerly a locality commissioning manager with Gwent health authority, has taken up the post.

Alison Aitken, chief nurse adviser to Borders health board, Evelyn Carr, nursing lecturer at Dundee University, and Sally Lawton, lecturer at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, have joined the standards committee of the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland.

The Health and Safety Executive has appointed Nerys Williams to head its employment medical advisory service. She joined the HSE in 1992.