The former chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing, Peter Carter, has been appointed interim chair at Medway Foundation Trust.

Mr Carter left the RCN after eight years last year, and was previously chief executive of Central and North West London FT.

The trust said Mr Carter has a “wealth of experience in the health sector” and “an extensive knowledge and skills in strategic development” along with a “track record of success in large complex organisations”.

He has regularly appeared in the HSJ100 as one of most influential people in health and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for his services to the NHS.

Lesley Dwyer, chief executive of Medway, said: “We are fortunate to welcome a person of Peter’s calibre and I am confident that we will benefit greatly from his extensive experience and expertise.

Mr Carter said: “I am delighted to be joining Medway Foundation Trust as interim chair. It’s clear to see the trust has made significant progress over the last 12 months and I look forward to working with patients, staff and stakeholders to further build on this.”

The council of governors is currently seeking to appoint a permanent chair, after Shena Winning stepped down last month with immediate effect just weeks before a crucial inspection.

The trust is to be inspected by the Care Quality Commission this month. It has been in special measures for over three years and is rated inadequate – but the trust was hoping that recent signs of improvement would be reflected in a better rating.