• Peter Carter appointed interim chair at North Middlesex University Hospital Trust
  • Led the Royal College of Nursing for nine years
  • Replaces Dusty Amroliwala

A former union boss has been appointed interim chair of a London district general hospital.

Peter Carter, who led the Royal College of Nursing for nine years, will take up the interim chair role at North Middlesex University Hospital Trust next Thursday.

Since stepping down from the RCN in 2015, Mr Carter has served as interim chair at Medway Foundation Trust and East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust. Before joining the RCN he was chief executive of Central and North West London Mental Health Trust.

Mr Carter replaces Dusty Amroliwala, who was appointed in February 2017. Mr Amroliwala was appointed without open consultation for an initial 12-month period.

Mr Carter’s appointment is the second interim chair appointment made by the joint NHS Improvement and NHS England London regional team since new director Sir David Sloman took up his post.

Sir David’s office last week announced the appointment of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust chair Sir Hugh Taylor as interim chair of neighbour King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust.

During his tenure at North Middlesex, Mr Amroliwala has overseen the appointment of a new chief executive, Maria Kane, and led its retreat from further integration with the Royal Free hospital group.

Mr Carter said: “I’m delighted to be joining North Mid working alongside Maria and the non-executive and executive team.”

Ms Kane said: ”I’m delighted someone of Peter’s calibre is able to join North Mid to fill the important role of trust chair until we are able to appoint to this position on a substantive basis in the summer. He brings our trust a wealth of skills and experience which will help us forge ahead in delivering our vision of providing outstanding care for local people.”