WORKFORCE: Plymouth Hospitals Trust has appointed a retired NHS chief executive, a retired surgeon and a council chief executive as non-executive directors.

Michael Williams was chief executive at Taunton and Somerset Trust, North Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust Partnership and Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals before retiring in 2008. He is a senior research fellow with the University of Exeter Business School and has a PhD in organisational factors influencing patient safety.

Terence Lewis was formerly a caradiothoracic surgeon with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and led the establishment of the South West Cardiothoracic Centre. He was later appointed as medical director, a position he held for seven years before retiring in 2008.

Elizabeth Raikes is a chartered accountant who has been a chief executive in the public sector for 12 years and is currently chief executive of Torbay Council.

The vacancies arose after three previous non-executives resigned on mass in protest at the appointment of new chair Richard Crompton.

Mr Crompton said: “We now have a strong and experienced board that will provide the leadership that this hospital Trust and the patients we serve need and deserve.

“It is an exciting time. We have some great achievements and successes to build on and many more to come.”

The trust has recently put back the date for the submission of its foundation trust application by three months.