The Trust Board comprises of non-executive directors, including associate non-executive directors, and executive directors that form a unitary body. The Trust Board functions as a corporate decision-making body and should consist of six non-executive directors including the Chair, and five executive directors.
The Trust Board currently consists of a Chair and five other non-executive directors, the Chief Executive, Director of Finance and Commissioning, Director of People and Culture, Director of Clinical Quality and Improvement, and Medical Director. There is also the Director of Strategy and Sustainability and Director of Service Delivery who are not voting members of the Board, and three associate non-executive directors, who provide additional advice and expertise to the Board.
Appointment of Board directors
The composition of the Board is reflected by the terms of the protected characteristic groups in the Equality Act 2010. Each member is appointed for their experience, their business acumen and their community links. The Secretary of State for Health has the power to make the appointments of the Chair and non-executive directors but has delegated this to NHS Improvement. That means NHS Improvement is responsible on behalf of the Secretary of State for member appointment and removal, on-going support through appraisal, mentoring and training.
Terms of appointment are normally for periods of two years, with members eligible to be re-appointed or to re-apply up to a maximum of 10 years. The non-executive directors’ responsibilities include:
- helping to plan for the future growth and success of the organisation
- making sure that the management team meets its performance targets
- ensuring that finances are properly managed with accurate information
- helping the Board ensure it is working in the public interest.
The Chief Executive and the executive directors are appointed, via public advertisement, by members of the Remuneration Committee. The Remuneration Committee is composed of four non-executive directors including the Chair of the Trust.