The body responsible for pushing NHS trusts through the foundation trust authorisation process has appointed a chair.

Sir Peter Carr was named chair of the NHS Trust Development Authority this afternoon.

He will join current NHS deputy chief executive David Flory, who will lead the new organisation.

The TDA is due to take over from strategic health authorities next year in developing the remaining trusts to the point where they can pass Monitor’s authorisation process.

Sir Peter is currently vice-chair of NHS North of England and prior to that was chair of NHS North East, the only SHA to have got all its acute trusts to foundation status.

There are 104 trusts in the foundation trust “pipeline”, with five at the Monitor application stage.

At the end of March, 17 trusts had been subject to the “escalation” process by the Department of Health because of delays to the plan they set for achieving foundation status.

In a statement, the DH said Sir Peter will receive £55,000 per annum for a time commitment of two to three days a week. It added that the appointment was for “four years or the abolition of the authority, whichever is sooner”.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley had originally set a deadline of April 2014 for all trusts to become foundations but the DH has since had to admit that many trusts will not achieve this, with some planning for authorisation in 2016.

In a statement the Mr Lansley said: “[Sir Peter] will make a real contribution to the crucial role the authority will play in supporting the government’s objective of a full foundation trust provider sector.”

Sir Peter will take up his post as chairman in June but has been chairing the DH’s provider development steering group since November.