Our Board

The role of the Board:

  • Formulating strategy
  • Shaping a positive culture for the Board and the organisation
  • Ensuring accountability by holding the organisation to account for the delivery of strategy and through seeking assurance that systems of control are robust and reliable.

The Board is made up of a chairman, six non-executive directors and an executive team with four voting directors.

Board chart: Trust Board Membership – August 2019 (PDF)

The chairman and the non-executive directors come from a range of professional backgrounds with a wide range of skills and experience that reflect the needs of the trust.

The board of directors is responsible for ensuring compliance by the trust with its licence, its constitution, mandatory guidance issued by NHS Improvement and NHS England, relevant statutory requirements and contractual obligations.

Non-executive directors, including the chairman, are appointed by the trust’s council of governors.  When appointing to the Board due consideration is given to the range of skills and experience required for the running of the trust.

Each year every member of the Board has their performance assessed through a formal appraisal process. During this appraisal the Board member’s strengths and aspirations and learning and development needs are reviewed.

Non-executive director posts have a fixed term of three years. This term can be extended by another three years subject to satisfactory annual performance appraisals and approval of the council of governors.

Declarations of interest

It is the responsibility of all Trust employees to act neutrally and be impartial in the execution of their duties. Therefore they must ensure that they are not placed in a position of conflict between their NHS duties and any other interests. The primary responsibility applies to all staff, including the executive team, non-executive directors and governors, but agents and contractors acting on behalf of the Foundation Trust are similarly required to declare any interests.

Members of the board and other staff classified as ‘decision-makers’are required to complete an annual declaration. Board members are also asked to declare any interests they have before the start of each board meeting. The following interests are required to be declared by all members of staff, including members of the board:

  • Loyalty interests
  • Gifts
  • Hospitality
  • Outside employment
  • Shareholding and other ownership issues
  • Patents
  • Donations
  • Sponsored events
  • Sponsored research
  • Sponsored posts
  • Clinical Private Practice

Register of interests

All staff should declare any interests, including in relation to gifts and hospitality as they arise. Our register of interests is available to view here.

The declarations made by our Board members are available to view here.