Trust board

Our board is made up of a chairman, executive directors and non-executive directors.

The board of directors is responsible for setting and driving forward the strategic direction of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. The board is made up of executive directors and non-executive directors who develop and monitor the trust’s strategic aims and performance against key objectives and other indicators. Together, their role is to receive, accept and challenge reports to fulfil all of their responsibilities.

The composition of the board helps to ensure that the skills and strengths provided by the non-executive and executive directors throughout the year provide a good, well-balanced board. The balance is reviewed throughout the year, as well as whenever director level vacancies, both executive or non-executive, arise. The board members provide a breadth of public and private sector expertise.

The trust has ensured a constitutional option to vary the numbers slightly as and when the need arises, provided always that the board retains a majority of non-executive directors. The board may delegate any of its powers to a sub-committee. The board has reserved the issues set out in its scheme of reservation and delegation and further guidance about the operation is set out in the standing orders and standing financial instructions.

Members of the board undergo an annual performance assessment, reviewing performance against agreed objectives, personal skills and competencies and progress with personal development plans.

Learn more about our Board meetings, which are open to members of the public, and see the register of interests.

Chief Executive

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Joe Chadwick-Bell

Chief Executive

Chairman

Executive Directors

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Steve Aumayer

Deputy Chief Executive and Chief People Officer
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Vikki Carruth

Chief Nurse and Director of Infection Prevention and Control
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Dr Simon Merritt

Chief Medical Officer - Consultant - Respiratory Physician and Sleep Specialist
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Richard Milner

Chief of Staff
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Charlotte O’Brien

Chief Operating Officer
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Damian Reid

Chief Financial Officer

Non-executive directors

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Jackie Churchward-Cardiff

Non-Executive Director
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Karen Manson

Non-Executive Director
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Paresh Patel

Non-Executive Director
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Nicola Webber

Non-Executive Director
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Carys Williams

Non-Executive Director
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Ama Agbeze

Associate Non-executive Director
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Amanda Fadero

Associate Non-Executive Director
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Frank Sims

Associate Non-executive Director