NHS Wiltshire chief executive Jeff James resigns

The chief executive of NHS Wiltshire and NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Jeff James, has resigned citing "personal reasons".

Mr James, 58, had been in charge in Wiltshire since 2006, and took over as chief executive of Bath and North East Somerset in May this year.

The leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott, told the BBC it was "a great shame" Mr James had decided to leave.

She said it was "critical a replacement is found as soon as possible".

Mr James said he wanted to "change the balance of activities" in his life.

"It has been a great privilege to work with NHS colleagues and partners in Wiltshire in the last five years and more recently," he added.

Mr James previously worked as chief executive of Gloucestershire Health Authority and has also worked for the NHS in Wales and Cornwall.

He was also ordained a priest in the Church of England in 2002.

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