Foundation trust regulator Monitor has announced a restructure of its executive team in preparation for its new responsibilities as a regulator for the entire healthcare sector.

The announcement confirms there will be no formal separation in the Monitor board between its ongoing FT regulation role and the role it will take on under the 2012 Health Act.

During the passage of the Health Bill Monitor chairman and interim chief executive David Bennett had suggested having separate senior executives for the two roles, and “Chinese walls” to ensure information did not flow inappropriately between the two areas.

A Monitor spokeswoman told HSJ yesterday that although “earlier draft provisions of the bill suggested that Monitor would need to have some form of structural separation between its functions, the final statutory provisions do not”.  

However, she added: “This is an issue which Monitor will keep under careful review.”  

Under the new structure, Monitor chief operating officer Stephen Hay will become managing director of provider regulation, and strategy director Adrian Masters will become managing director of sector development.

Co-operation and Competition Panel director Catherine Davies will become Monitor executive director of co-operation and competition. The panel is being folded into Monitor under the government’s health reforms.

Mr Bennett will remain in his current roles. Asked if Monitor was actively recruiting for a permanent chief executive, the regulator’s spokeswoman said that Monitor’s board “needs to engage with the new secretary of state about the appointment of a new chief executive and there will not be any further update until that discussion has taken place”. 

The regulator’s new executive structure also has two roles that are vacant pending recruitment: an executive director of patient and clinical engagement, and an executive director of organisational transformation.