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WAST Trust Board

The Trust Board meets bi-monthly as is comprised of:

  • Chair;
  • Vice Chair;
  • Six Non-Executive Directors;
  • Chief Executive; and
  • Five Executive Directors. 

This is the voting membership of the Board.   A further four Directors who are members of the Executive Management Team, as well as two Trade Union representatives attend the Board, however they are non-voting.

The role of the Board is to focus on these key areas:

Strategy:  Developing the strategy, vision, and purpose of the Trust.  Identifying priorities, establishing goals and objectives, finding resources, and allocating funds to support the decisions that need to be made around strategic planning.

Embedding Ethical Behaviour:  The Board shapes the culture of the Trust in several ways, including by the way in which it engages with staff, the public and stakeholders, the way it manages its agenda, by the nature of the debate at the Board and the relative emphasis given to different performance criteria, by the visibility of its members in the organisation, and by where it chooses to invest time and resources.   Board members must live up to the highest ethical standards of integrity and probity.

Quality:  Set organisation wide expectations and accountability for high performance.  Ensure that all staff understand their role in the effective and high-quality provision of care in a governance framework that ensures a balance between trust, constructive debate, and effective challenge in a culture of openness and learning.

Managing Risk:  The Board is responsible for managing risk and ensuring there is a robust system of internal controls is in place and that they are sighted on the mitigations in place for the principal risks to the delivery of the strategy.

Gaining Assurance on the Delivery of Strategy and Performance:  Holding to account, and being held to account, for the delivery of the strategy in accordance with the strategic and performance frameworks developed by the Board

Partnership:  Working in partnership with key stakeholders, both internal and external.

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