Valerie Howell has been appointed chief executive of North and East Devon Partnership trust, a new mental health and learning disabilities trust.She was formerly director of the Centre for Mental Health Services Development in Wales and the south west.

Independent health care provider Nuffield Hospitals Group has appointed Douglas Gardner as the chair of the board of governors.Mr Gardner has been a board member since 1995.

Solicitor Vourneen Darbyshire has been appointed to a second term as chair of North West Lancashire health authority.

Retired local government officer Alan Bullen has been appointed for a second term to chair South Lancashire health authority.

Margaret Morris has been re-appointed to chair Salford and Trafford health authority. Ms Morris has been both an army and NHS nurse, and is a former chair of Salford community health council.

Solicitor Norman Banner has been appointed chair of North Cheshire Hospitals trust.He was previously a non-executive director at Mersey regional health authority.

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals trust has appointed a chair.Mavis Wareham has a background in human resources and was a police officer until 1975.

Stephen Hawkins has been appointed chair of Mersey Care trust, a newly created single mental health trust.Mr Hawkins is assistant chief executive of one of the region's charities - Local Solutions.For the past year he has been acting chair of Liverpool health authority.