The Department of Health this morning announced the appointment of Keith Palmer and Sigurd Reinton to the Monitor board.

Mr Reinton took up his role on 1 January and Mr Palmer will join him at the start of April.

Mr Reinton is a director of NATS Holdings, which provides air traffic control services for the UK and North Atlantic.

He was chairman of the London Ambulance Service for 10 years until 2009 and on the council of the NHS Confederation from 1998 to 2007, where he was lead for London.

Mr Palmer is a senior associate of the Nuffield Trust and was chair of Barts and the London Trust from 2007 until 2009.

He has also been treasurer of Cancer Research UK and vice-chairman of merchant bank NM Rothschild.

Monitor’s chair David Bennett, said: “I am delighted to have two such experienced individuals joining Monitor’s board in what will undoubtedly be a challenging, but exciting period for the organisation. Both appointments bring direct experience of running NHS organisations as well as professional expertise from other sectors.

“Their experience in health means they understand the responsibility for providing services that patients depend on each and every day. Leading a regulator will be a different challenge, but our ultimate responsibility is also focused on patients and ensuring they have access to high quality care. I am certain that Keith Palmer and Sigurd Reinton will be invaluable in helping Monitor to ensure the interests of patients are at the heart of what we do.”

Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Mr Palmer and Mr Reinton both offer a wealth of experience to Monitor’s board, including invaluable roles with NHS organisations.

“I am confident their respective experiences, both in and outside the NHS, will benefit patients through Monitor’s work.”