Trust Governance Structure
We were granted Foundation Trust status in August 2007.
This makes us more responsive to the needs and wishes of the communities we serve and gives us greater freedom to decide, with our governors and members, our own strategy and the way our services are run.
The Board of Directors manages the business of the Trust and comprises seven non-executive directors, including the Chairman, and six executive directors, including the Chief Executive. It is the legally responsible body for the delivery of high quality, effective services, and for making decisions relating to the strategic direction, financial control and performance of the Trust.
The Chairman undertakes an evaluation of the performance of the Board of Directors, its committees and individual non-executive directors and is responsible for ensuring the Board of Directors focuses on the strategic development of the Trust, and for ensuring that robust governance and accountability arrangements are in place.
Our Council of Governors represents the views and interests of the public, patients, carers, our staff and other stakeholders. Their meetings are also chaired by the Chairman, who ensures that there is effective communication between the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors and that, where necessary, the views of the governors are obtained and considered by the Board of Directors.
Both bodies meet in public and time is set aside at the Council of Governors for those attending to ask questions.