As an NHS foundation trust, we remain part of the NHS family but have the freedom to innovate and develop in the best interests of our patients. The governance arrangements are designed to help trusts like ours reflect the needs of the communities they serve.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors, which includes our Chair, seven Non-Executive Directors, the Chief Executive and eight Executive Directors, make decisions about the operational management of the Trust.

Current incumbents
Headshot of board member, David Walker David Walker Chairman
Headshot of Grant Macdonald Grant Macdonald Interim Chief Executive Officer

Executive Directors

Headshot of Amélie Bages Amélie Bages Executive Director of Strategy and Partnerships
Headshot of Britta Klinck Britta Klinck Chief Nurse
Headshot of Charmaine De Souza Charmaine De Souza Chief People Officer
Headshot of Dr Karl Marlowe Dr Karl Marlowe Chief Medical Officer
Heather Smith Chief Finance Officer
Headshot of Dr Ben Riley Dr Ben Riley Executive Managing Director for Community,
Primary and Dental Care
Dr Rob Bale Executive Managing Director for Mental Health & Learning Disabilities

Non-Executive Directors

Professor David M Clark Non-Executive Director
Geraldine Cumberbatch Non-Executive Director
Headshot of board member, Chris Hurst Chris Hurst Non-Executive Director
Headshot of Sir Philip Rutman Sir Philip Rutnam Non-Executive Director
Headshot of board member, Mohinder Sawhney Mohinder Sawhney Non-Executive Director
Prof Sir Rick Trainor Non-Executive Director
Headshot of board member, Lucy Weston Lucy Weston Non-Executive Director
Headshot of Andrea Young Andrea Young Non-Executive Director

The Board of Directors sets the overall strategic direction of the Trust within the context of NHS priorities.

Council of Governors

Our Council of Governors, which includes our Chair and Governors, brings the views and interests of the public, patients, carers, our staff and other stakeholders into the heart of our governance.


Both bodies meet in public and time is set aside at the end of their meetings in public for those attending to ask questions on matters arising from the agenda.

Questions will be taken at the discretion of the chair of the meeting, at the end of the meeting and in the designated slot on the agenda.

Questions on topics not included on the agenda may be answered at the discretion of the chair of the meeting, either in or outside of the meeting.

To facilitate a response at the meeting, please submit questions no later than 24 hours in advance to the Director of Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary.


Our Director of Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary is responsible for managing the Corporate Governance arrangements.

If you have any questions about these or about Foundation Trusts in general then please contact the office of Director of Corporate Affairs & Company Secretary on 01865 902 646.

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Page last reviewed: 29 April, 2024