The Council of Governors of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust has announced the appointment John Cowdall as their new chairman.
John was a non-executive director and deputy chairman of Calderstones NHS Foundation trust in Whalley, Clitheroe, for six years until his appointment came to an end in November 2012.
He had previously been a non-executive director of the former South Lancashire Health Authority and was the chief executive of West Lancashire Council for 17 years.
He will take up his appointment on February 1.
Sir David Henshaw, outgoing interim chairman, said: “I would like to thank both personally and professionally the huge number of people including staff, patients, the public and colleagues from partner organisations for the support I have received.
“I am delighted to be handing over to such a high-calibre candidate for the post of chairman.”