The chair of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust, Louise Scull, has said she will step down later this year. The news comes just weeks after chief executive Peter Homa announced his retirement.

Her departure also follows the decision of the trust’s medical director, Stephen Fowlie, who announced his retirement in January.

Ms Scull said she would leave her post this summer.

She said: ”Following much reflection, I have decided to step down as chair after almost 12 years on the board of Nottingham’s hospitals. The relationship between chair and chief executive is an important one for any organisation, and bringing forward the end of my tenure as chair will allow my successor to be involved in the recruitment of NUH’s new chief executive; a process which is now underway.”

She said the trust was continuing to examine the next phase of a strategic partnership with Sherwood Forest Hospitals Foundation Trust, after the collapse last year of a planned merger.

Ms Scull will remain as chair until a permanent replacement is appointed.