ONE of the people behind controversial Huddersfield hospital changes is moving on.
John Lawlor, director of service development at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, has been appointed chief executive of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.
Mr Lawlor, who has a first-class honours degree in maths, was a secondary school teacher, then became a statistician in the Department of Employment and Department of Health.
He has worked in the acute trust for Calderdale and Huddersfield for six years.
He has been one of the senior officers involved in planning controversial changes involving local hospitals.
Mr Lawlor said: "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.
"Harrogate is in an enviable position to reap the many benefits that foundation trust status brings, in terms of enhancing and expanding services offered to patients.
"I look forward to the opportunity to apply my skills and experience to enable services in Harrogate to develop on a whole new level."
He will take up his new job from a date to be confirmed in January.