West Middlesex University Hospital Trust has appointed Tom Hayhoe as its chairman.

Mr Hayhoe, who took up his new post on 1 October, takes over from Sue Ellen, who stepped down as chairman in August, at the end of her second four year term in office.

Mr Hayhoe has served on NHS boards in west London since 1985, including as deputy chairman of Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority, chairman of the West London Pathology Consortium, and regional chairman of the advisory committee for clinical excellence awards.

Since 2005, he has been chairman of Building Better Health West London, a public private partnership company. He has also worked as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company, the Brackenbury Group and The Chambers, and in retailing with W H Smith and Gamestation. He is a former church warden and school governor and current vice commodore of the Royal Ocean Racing Club.

Chief executive Jacqueline Docherty said: “Tom joins us at a pivotal point, with many new challenges facing us and the future of the trust. Tom brings with him a wealth of experience, and we look forward to working with him to ensure we continue to be a first class hospital for our community.

“I would also like to thank Sue Ellen for all her hard work and commitment to the trust over the past eight years.”

Mr Hayhoe said: “I am delighted to be appointed chairman of West Middlesex University Hospital. The trust has a long and proud history, and I am excited to be joining the trust at such a key time where I can make a real contribution to its long term future. I am looking forward to getting to know the staff and patients and others with an interest in the hospital’s future.”

Mr Hayhoe will receive £20,896 a year. His appointment is until 30 September 2014.