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Our Board of Directors

Statement about the balance, completeness and appropriateness of the Board of Directors

The Board currently comprises the Trust Chair, Chief Executive, five other Executive Directors and seven other Non-Executive Directors. In addition, the Board has three non voting other directors, and three Associate Non-Executive Directors (since February 2024).

The Board of Directors believes that the Trust is led by an effective Board, as the Board is collectively responsible for the exercise of the performance of the Trust. And, that no individual group or individuals dominate the meetings of the Board.

There is a clear separation of the roles of the Chairman and the Chief Executive. The Trust Chair has responsibility for the running of the Board, setting the agenda and for ensuring that all directors are fully informed of matters relevant to their roles. The Chief Executive has responsibility for implementing the strategies agreed by the Board and for managing the day-to-day business of the Trust.

The Board considers that the Non-Executive Directors bring a wide range of business, commercial, financial, and clinical knowledge required for the successful direction of the Trust. All of the Non-Executive Directors are considered to be independent in accordance with the Code of governance for NHS provider trusts.

All directors are subject to an annual review of their performance and contribution to the management and leadership of the Trust.

Diversity is a vital part of the continued assessment and enhancement of board composition, and the Board recognises the benefits of diversity amongst its members.

At the present time, the Board is satisfied as to its balance, completeness and appropriateness and will keep these matters under review.

Trust Chair

Chris Lawrence    
Chris Lawrence
Trust Chair

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Non-Executive Directors

Graham Ward David Dickinson Graham Ward
Graham Ward
Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director

Read more about Graham here
Dr Claire Fernandez
Senior Independent Director and Non-Executive Director

Read more about Claire here
Alan Brown
Non-Executive Director

Read more about Alan here
David Dickinson Sue Hayter Simon Roberts
David Dickinson
Non-Executive Director

Read more about David here
Sue Hayter
Non-Executive Director

Read more about Sue here
Simon Roberts
Non-Executive Director

Read more about Simon here
Dr William Van't Hoff Daniel Childerhouse Gabriel Evbota BEM
Dr William Van't Hoff
Non-Executive Director

Read more about William here
Daniel Childerhouse
Associate Non-Executive Director

Read more about Daniel here
Gabriel Evbota BEM
Associate Non-Executive Director

Read more about Gabriel here
Jason Selvarajah    
Jason Selvarajah
Associate Non-Executive Director

Read more about Jason here

Executive Directors

Alice Webster Dr Rebecca Martin Chris Benham
Alice Webster
Chief Executive Officer

Read more about Alice here
Dr Rebecca Martin
Medical Director

Read more about Rebecca here
Chris Benham
Director of Finance

Read more about Chris here.
Pippa Street Simon Illingworth Carly West-Burnham
Pippa Street
Chief Nurse

Read more about Pippa here
Simon Illingworth
Chief Operating Officer

Read more about Simon here
Carly West-Burnham
Director of Strategy and Integration

Read more about Carly here
John Syson Paul Brooks Paul Brooks  
John Syson
Director of People

Read more about John here
Paul Brooks MBE
Director of Estates and Facilities

Read more about Paul here
Jill Hall
Interim Director of Corporate Affairs

Read more about Jill here