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Monday 25 March 2019
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Role of the Board of Directors

The Trust Board of Directors has a responsibility to make the best use of financial resources and deliver the services people need, to standards of safety and quality which are agreed nationally.

The role of the Board of Directors is to manage the Trust by:

  • Setting the overall strategic direction of the Trust within the context of NHS priorities

  • Regularly monitoring our performance against objectives

  • Providing effective financial stewardship through value for money, financial control and financial planning

  • Ensuring that the Trust provides high quality, effective and patient focused services through clinical governance

  • Ensuring high standards of corporate governance and personal conduct

  • Promoting effective dialogue between the Trust and the local communities we serve.


Our Trust Board meets monthly to discuss the business of the organisation. This meeting is held in public and anyone is welcome to attend and hear about our latest developments and performance.

Responsibilities of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors ensures that good business practice is followed and that the organisation is stable enough to respond to unexpected events, without jeopardising services, and confident enough to introduce changes where services need to be improved.

Therefore the Board of Directors carries the final overall corporate accountability for its strategies, its policies and actions as set out in the Codes of Conduct and Accountability issued by the Secretary of State. In order to discharge its responsibilities for the governance of the Trust, the Board has established a number of Committees of the Board.

Our current Directors

To find out information about our current Board of Directors, please visit the Directors' profiles page >>

In making the most recent Non-Executive appointments, the Nominations Committee has taken account of the skills requirement advised by the Directors. The Trust Board is satisfied that all Directors are appropriately qualified to discharge their functions effectively, including ensuring management capacity and capability.

The Trust Board’s composition and range of skills and experience has been revisited as vacancies arise, for example in prioritising financial acumen in recommending to governors the specification for the Non-Executive Director who is also Chair of the Audit Committee.