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The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is led by the Chairman of the Trust Mr James Brent, and is made up of executive and non-executive directors. 


Non-Executive Directors

There are six non-executive directors who, together with the Chairman, form a majority on the Board. 


Executive Directors

Executive Directors, of which there are six voting posts, manage the day-to-day operational and financial performance of the Trust. The following are voting executive directors:

The board of directors is collectively responsible for the exercise of the powers and the performance of the NHS foundation trust and exercises all the powers of the Trust.  In so doing, the board members bear full legal liability for the operational and financial performance of the Trust.


The role of non-executive directors (NED) is different to that of an executive director. They do not have responsibility for the day to day management of the Trust but share the Board’s corporate responsibility for ensuring that the Trust is run efficiently, economically and effectively. They will scrutinise the executive management’s performance in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance. They must satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and a sound system for the management of risk are in place. They will seek to establish and maintain public confidence in the Trust, and must be independent in judgement and constructively challenge and help develop decisions and strategy for which they bear equal responsibility. To be effective a NED needs to be well-informed about the Trust and have a good grasp of the relevant issues.


There is a clear division of responsibility between the Chairman and the Chief Executive. The former heads the Board, providing leadership and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role, and sets the Board agenda. The Chairman must also ensure the Board receives timely and pertinent information to ensure that members can exercise their responsibilities. The CEO is responsible for running all operational aspects of the Trust's business, and is assisted by a team of executive directors, as listed above, in this task.


Members of the public are welcome to attend our Trust Board meetings.

Our Board of Directors is collectively responsible for all aspects of the operational and financial performance of our Trust. It consists of Executive and a majority of independent Non Executive Directors.

Our Board has 10 meetings in a calendar year (though it can meet in August and December if required) with each meeting having a public and confidential session.

This is a Trust meeting in public not a public meeting.


Click here for Guidelines for members of the Public attending public Board meetings.  


For the public Board meeting dates, papers and minutes, please click here.


Start time and venue
Please note that public meetings of the Board will start at 9.30am and finish at 11am. They are held in the Boardroom, Noy Scott House here at the RD&E Wonford site.  The room is on the ground floor and is accessible by wheelchair.

Board papers

The agenda and reports are available to view and download from this website at least two working days before the scheduled Board meeting date.

Meeting format
The public has a designated seating area to observe the meeting discussion.

At the end of the public session the Chairman will ask those in attendance whether they would briefly like to ask a question. It is customary for this question to be related to an item on the meeting's agenda. If the information requested is not readily available at that time we will endeavour to provide a written answer. There will then be a proposal for the Board to move into a confidential session and the public will be asked to leave the meeting.

The Trust Board has the authority and discretion to discuss matters in a confidential session for the following reasons:

No photography, filming or recording is permitted when the Board meetings are in progress


Document: Board's Register of Interests


Committees of the Board of Directors

There are four Board Committees:

Additionally there is an Appointments Committee which is a stand alone commitee convened in accordance with the Constitution as required for the selection and appointment or removal of the chief executive and executive directors. For the appointment of a CEO, it consists of the Trust chairman and non-executive directors. This appointment must be subsequently approved by the Council of Governors. For the appointment of an executive director, it consists of the Trust chairman, CEO and non-executive directors.


For further information about the Trust Board, email: (or call 01392 404551)


Last Updated: 16 January 2019

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