Former nurse Maggie Boyle has fought off stiff competition to become the new chief executive of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - the largest of its kind in England.
Commenting on her appointment, Ms Boyle said: 'The trust offers one of the most prestigious opportunities within the NHS. I am delighted to be taking up this post?.
Ms Boyle took up her first chief executive role in 1991, following experience in nursing, human resources and external consultancy, and most recently served as chief executive of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Trust chairman Martin Buckley said: 'Ms Boyle has been appointed for her skills, past experience and demonstrable track record of success in other similar organisations.'