Veteran NHS trust chief executive Peter Homa will become the first chair of the NHS Leadership Academy next month.
Mr Homa is stepping down as chief executive of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust next week after 11 years in the job and four decades in the NHS, including 27 years as a chief executive.
The Leadership Academy was created in 2013 to help boost leadership skills in the NHS workforce. It merged with Health Education England in 2016-17.
Mr Homa will take up his new role, which has never existed before, on 1 November.
He was an adviser to Sir Robert Francis QC’s 2013 report into the failings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and was the chief executive of the Commission for Health Improvement, a forerunner to the Care Quality Commission, from 1999 to 2003.
Mr Homa said: “Never has there been a more important time to invest in leadership development. This includes supporting and developing our current leaders and enthusing and inspiring our leaders of the future.
“I greatly look forward to this next challenge, and building on the excellent impact that the academy’s work is having in developing outstanding leadership across health and care systems.”
Tracy Taylor, chief executive of Birmingham Community Healthcare FT and Black Country Partnership FT, was named as Mr Homa’s successor at NUH earlier this year.