STRUCTURE: NHS Hartlepool has clustered with NHS Middlesbrough, NHS Redcar and Cleveland and NHS Stockton-on-Tees, and several senior appointments have been made.

Chris Willis, previously NHS Stockton-on-Tees chief executive, has been appointed chief executive of the NHS South of Tees cluster.

Additionally Neil Nicholson has been appointed as finance director; Peter Kelly as director of public health (also acting regional director of public health for NHS North East); Celia Weldon, director of corporate affairs; Ali Wilson as director of commissioning and development for North of Tees; Martin Phillips as director of commissioning and development for South of Tees; and Jo Malone is supporting the executive team as transition director - a temporary post - until April 2011.