Statement of board balance

The Board of Directors believes the Foundation Trust is led by an effective Board, as the Board is collectively responsible for the exercise and the performance of the NHS Foundation Trust.

The Chairman on behalf of the Board of Directors keeps the size, composition and succession of Directors under review, in line with the Trust’s business objectives, and makes recommendations as appropriate to the Council of Governors via the Nominations Committee. The work of the Nominations Committee (and subsequently the Council of Governors) relating to the Non Executive Directors appointment / reappointment process for 2011 was informed by such recommendations and it was formally acknowledged that the future process would seek to redress gender and ethnic minority imbalance with the Board of Directors, if possible.

The Board of Directors believes that there is a balance of Executive and Non Executive Directors and that no individual group or individuals dominate the Board Meeting.