A NEW chief executive has been appointed to an NHS trust.

John Lawlor will take charge of the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust in January.

He is currently deputy chief executive and executive director of service development at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust.

Dr Albert Day, chairman of the Harrogate trust, said: "I am delighted that John will be joining us and am confident that he will maintain and enhance the high standards that our patients, members and their families receive."

Mr Lawlor added: "I am thrilled with this appointment and look forward to working with colleagues across the trust to build on the strong reputation it has for providing high quality patient care."