Ken Jarrold has been appointed as chairman of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).
The trust provides a range of mental health and disability services in the North East. It is one of the largest NHS organisations of its kind in the UK.
The appointment was made by the trust’s Council of Governors.
Mr Jarrold said: “I am deeply honoured and delighted to have been appointed as chairman. I will do my best to serve our service users, carers and frontline staff.”
He will shortly take up his position.
NTW chief executive John Lawlor said: “I’m delighted to welcome Ken.
“He brings a wealth of experience and expertise, having led a number of NHS organisations across the country during his many years of public service, and he will be a fabulous addition to the trust and NHS in the North East.”