The former chair of two NHS trusts has been charged with lying about his qualifications to get appointed to both posts.

Jon Andrewes was chair of Torbay Care Trust from 2007, and its successor trust Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust, until becoming chair of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2015.

He appeared at Torbay Magistrates Court earlier this month and is charged with four offences: two counts of false representation by misrepresenting his qualifications, once in 2007 and once in 2015; obtaining pecuniary advantage by deception in 2004; and possessing an article for fraud in 2016.

Dr Andrewes, 63, of Flood Street, Totnes, has not yet pleaded. He is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court on 13 January 2017.

He stepped down from the Royal Cornwall post in July, citing illness.

A Royal Cornwall spokeswoman said: “We are aware of the forthcoming court case of former trust chair Jon Andrewes. As this matter is the subject of ongoing legal proceedings it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

NHS Improvement, which appoints trust chairs, said it would not comment at this stage as proceedings are ongoing.

The trust has had significant performance problems in recent years and senior leadership instability. Mairi McLean is currently interim chair.