One of the four Birmingham trusts which had been without a leader has appointed a new chief executive following a process of consultation with staff. University Hospital Birmingham trust has appointed Mark Britnell, the trust's director of operations, who had been acting chief executive since the departure of Dr Jonathan Michael to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital trust in November. Staff were asked which qualities they wanted from a chief executive. The 70-80 who replied were invited to grade a presentation by four shortlisted candidates, before a final decision was made. A trust spokesperson said the 'overarching'qualities that staff wished to see in a chief executive were visibility and approachability.