WORKFORCE: Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust is to begin the process of appointing a new chair after the sudden departure of Colin Maclean.

Mr Maclean stood down on 2 March after the trust’s governors submitted a damning report about the conduct of the board under his chairmanship.

Two non executive directors have also stood down. HSJ understands a third is in the process of leaving.

Governors agreed on 6 March to appoint interims to replace the chair and non-executive directors, and to begin the process of recruiting permanently for those posts.

The trust said two of the non-executive directors had planned to leave for some time.

As previously reported, the governors launched an enquiry into the board after an attempt to oust chief executive Ed Donald last December.

Mr Donald was reinstated following a period of indefinite leave after winning the support of consultants and clinicians in the local health economy.

The resulting report has not been made public. However HSJ understands it concerned the board’s decision-making process, and the extent to which decisions by the chair were scrutinised by non-executive directors. Mr Maclean resigned on the same day the report was submitted.

Trust governors are understood to be anxious to solve the issue locally, without the involvement of Monitor.