Tim Straughan has been appointed acting chief executive of the Information Centre for health and social care, after the departure of Denise Lievesley.

Since October 2005, Mr Straughan had been the centre's finance and corporate services director (deputy chief executive).

Before joining the Information Centre, Mr Straughan was NHS Estates acting chief executive, managing the closure of the agency and the transfer of its functions to other organisations. He is also a qualified dentist, with general practice, hospital and community facilities experience.

Copies of the Information Centre's annual report for 2006-2007 are now available