Adrian Bull has been appointed as the managing director of the Imperial College Health Partners, the prospective academic health science network.

The organisation aims to be designated as an AHSN covering north west London. It is separate from the Imperial College Academic Health Science Network formed in 2007.

Members of the network include Imperial College London and Imperial College Healthcare Trust.

They also include the other NHS organisations in the area such as Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, and Royal Brompton & Harefield Foundation Trust.

Dr Bull, who will take up his post on 1 April, joins from Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust where he has been chief executive since 2008.

He started his medical career by serving for 6 years in the Royal Navy before continuing as an epidemiologist and public health consultant in the NHS. He has previously been a medical director of an NHS trust and held senior executive positions at PPP Healthcare, Carillion and Humana.

Dr Bull said in a statement: “I am delighted to be joining Imperial College Health Partners.

“I look forward to working with colleagues in academia, local government, healthcare and industry to create new solutions to the complex challenges of delivering optimum health and care for the population of North West London.”

Lord Darzi, who chairs Imperial College Health Partners, said: “Adrian has an outstanding reputation as a clinician, a senior manager in the commercial healthcare sector and most recently as the successful chief executive of Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead.

“I very much look forward to working with him and I know the partnership will benefit from Adrian’s experience and expertise.”

The Department of Health is in the process of designating AHSNs.