A former civil servant with experience at the highest levels of government has been appointed as chair of a Yorkshire acute hospital trust.

Terry Moran will take on the role at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust for two years, following the departure of Mike Ramsden.

He has held roles including chief operating officer for the Department for Work and Pensions, chief executive of the Pension Service, and chief executive of the Disability and Carers Service.

NHS Improvement has agreed Mr Moran can continue as non-executive director at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust alongside his role at Hull and East Yorkshire for the next three months.

Appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2007, Mr Moran held a number of senior roles at the DWP including second permanent secretary and director general Universal Credit, before retiring four years ago.

Announcing the appointment at the trust’s board meeting on Tuesday, Mr Ramsden said Mr Moran would meet chief executive Chris Long this week before joining the trust on 1 April.

The trust said Mr Ramsden had taken on the role for two years but had agreed to extend his term in office until a new chair was appointed and will step down at the end of this month. 

At themeeting, Mr Long paid tribute to Mr Ramsden’s contribution as the trust rebuilt its reputation after the Care Qualitty Commission exposed a “culture of bullying” in 2014.

Mr Long said: “You have been here just over two years and you arrived at a very difficult time for the organisation.

“When you look back at where we were and where we have got to, there has been a huge amount of movement and progress in the organisation. Your leadership has played a part in that. You have helped steer a very unsteady ship and turned it around.”