Former chair of the Care Quality Commission Dame Barbara Young has been appointed chief executive of the charity Diabetes UK.

Her former post at the CQC has only just been filled by Dame Jo Williams, who has been interim chair during the six months since Dame Barbara left the regulator in February.

HSJ revealed in December that Dame Barbara had decided to quit the CQC following criticism of the regulator’s handling of the care failings at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Foundation Trust and a dispute over the reliability of CQC assessments compared with Dr Foster’s mortality rates.

Dame Barbara will take up the Diabetes UK position on 1 November.

She said: “I am thrilled to have been given this opportunity to lead Diabetes UK. There is no doubt that diabetes is one of the most important health issues facing the UK today and is a growing challenge for the future.”

Dame Barbara has previously been chief executive of Parkside Health Authority, the RSPB and the Environment Agency.

Diabetes UK board of trustees chair Professor Sir George Alberti said: “We are certain that she will lead the organisation to deliver our plans and objectives in improving the lives of people with diabetes. Her vast experience will certainly bring a broad and guiding vision to the organisation.”