Andrew Taylor has announced he will leave his role as director of the Cooperation and Competition Panel at the end of August.

Mr Taylor, who has headed up the panel since it was formed in November 2008, is to take up a new role focused on healthcare technology in Europe.

“With my contract at the CCP reaching an end, I looked at a number of opportunities and am now excited to be able to extend my horizons further,” he said.

He added: “I was delighted to be appointed as director of the CCP and I am proud of what we have achieved over the last few years. Having made my decision to leave some while ago, the timing of my departure couldn’t be better: with the government’s recent announcement providing a strengthened role for the CCP in the future, it seems like the perfect time to pass on the baton.

“My tenure at the CCP has been hugely enjoyable. I leave knowing that the unique expertise and experience of the CCP and its staff will continue to be of great value to the NHS going forward. I would like to thank all CCP staff and colleagues on the Panel for the professionalism and support they have shown me.”

The panel’s chair, Lord Carter of Coles, said: “Since establishing the CCP in 2008, Andrew has had a terrific impact in supporting the role of choice and competition in the NHS. He has led the organisation in often challenging circumstances to a place where it is respected across the sector for its expertise, valuable advice, and transparency of operation”.

“We are very sad to see Andrew go. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the CCP and its sponsors - the Department of Health and Monitor”.

Catherine Davies, CCP legal director, will serve as acting as CCP director.