Two members of the Care Quality Commission’s executive team have handed in their notice, HSJ has learned.

Deputy chief executive Jill Finney will leave at the end of next month to take up a role with Nominet, a company that runs the domain name registry for the “.uk” country code.

Ms Finney is also director of strategic marketing and communications at the CQC. Much of the criticism levelled at the CQC by the Commons health committee and witnesses to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry focused on the regulator’s lack of clear purpose and its “reactive” strategy.

Director of finance and corporate services John Lappin has also resigned and is to leave in April. The CQC’s finances have also come under scrutiny, with the regulator posting an underspend of more than 10 per cent in 2011-12.

The resignations follow the end of a consultation on the CQC’s future strategy.

The consultation was launched by chief executive David Behan in September 2012, two months after he took up the post.

Asked by HSJ at the time whether he planned to make changes to the executive team, Mr Behan paused for 20 seconds before admitting that he did plan to make changes but had not come with a “ready-made plan”.