Heather Lawrence, chief executive of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, has been appointed as a non-executive director at Monitor.
The former nurse will take up her post from July after leaving the central London acute at the end of June.
Ms Lawrence was a member of the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, set up under Gordon Brown.
She currently runs NHS London’s foundation trust pipeline and is responsible for leading the development of the North West London academic health science network and local education and training board.
She will join current Monitor non-executives directors Keith Palmer, Sigurd Reinton and Stephen Thornton.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley said: “Heather Lawrence has a breadth of front-line NHS experience which perfectly equips her for this challenging role. Her knowledge of the NHS will offer Monitor’s board insights that will help Monitor in the development and delivery of its duty to protect and promote the interests of those who use healthcare services.”
Monitor chair and interim chief executive David Bennett said: “Heather is a very welcome addition to the team of non-executives at Monitor.
“She brings with her over 40 years of front-line NHS experience from being a nurse to running one of the most high profile and successful trusts in the country. Her expert knowledge of and contribution to the NHS will give our board a perspective that is directly relevant to our future role.
“Heather’s achievements and expertise have benefited many leading organisations and policy makers during her distinguished career and I am delighted that we will have the opportunity to make good use of them in developing our new functions and fulfilling our duty to protect and promote the interests of those who use healthcare services.”