The Trust Board oversees the work of our hospitals.
The Board comprises non-executive and executive members. The Chairman and non-executive members are appointed by NHS Improvement on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health. The executive members are appointed by the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors.
Board meeting dates
Meetings are held in public. If you would like to attend, it would be helpful if you could advise us in advance by contacting Glen Palethorpe, Group Company Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org or in writing at the following address:
Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JJ
Members of the public have the opportunity to ask questions at the conclusion of the meeting. Questions should be submitted in advance to the Assistant Trust Board Secretary at the above address.
- Wednesday 27 March, 11.30am, Boardroom, Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Wednesday 29 May, 10.30am, Boardroom, Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Wednesday 24 July, 10.30am, Boardroom, Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Wednesday 25 September, 11.30am, Euan Keat Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.
AGM 2019. Wednesday 25 September, 3pm-6pm, Euan Keat Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.
Wednesday 27 November, 10.30am, Boardroom, Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Wednesday 29 January, 9.30am, Euan Keat Education Centre, Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
- Wednesday 25 March, 9.30am, Boardroom, Trust Headquarters, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Directions to venues
- Trust Headquarters: located on the corner of the access road to the hospital multi-storey car park and Bristol Gate (opposite the A&E entrance). See map.
- Euan Keat Education Centre: From the main entrance to the Princess Royal hospital, take the lift/stairs to the second floor and follow signs for the Education Centre. See map.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) and Western Sussex Hospitals (WSH) agreed a Long Term Arrangement, effective from 1 April 2017, through which WSH provides management support to BSUH. As part of this arrangement, the WSH Chairman, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors are also members of the BSUH Board.
Chairman and Chief Executive
Alan joined us in October 2018 as the chair of both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.
He is a chartered civil engineer with 40 years’ experience in the public sector, including five years as chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.
Alan retired from full-time employment in 2009 and embarked on a mixed portfolio of non-executive positions including being chair of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for eight years and a year chairing Brighton and Hove PCT.
Dame Marianne Griffiths was appointed Chief Executive on 1 April 2017. She is also Chief Executive of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
In March 2018, Marianne became the first ever woman to take the number one spot in the HSJ’s annual assessment of trust chief executives. In December 2018, she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the New Year Honours List for services to the NHS.
In January 2018, BSUH was awarded a Good rating by the CQC, marking one of the most successful turnarounds of a trust placed in special measures by the health watchdog.
Marianne originally joined the acute provider sector in 2009 from NHS South East Coast, where she was Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Commissioning and Delivery, prior to which she was Chief Executive at Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority. Her many roles in the NHS have also included a joint appointment in West Sussex as Head of Commissioning Social Services and Director of Strategic Development for the Health Authority.
At the beginning of her career, Marianne trained as a nurse, before reading Psychology at the University of Exeter, and completing Chartered Accountancy examinations with Peat Marwick, now KPMG. She lives in West Sussex and is originally from Limerick in Ireland.
Dr Findlay was appointed Chief Medical Officer in April 2017. He joined WSH as Medical Director in January 2014 from one of Wales’ largest integrated NHS organisations.
He is an experienced clinical leader at national and regional level and a specialist intensive care consultant.
In 2011, he was one of 18 people selected to participate in the Health Foundation’s GenerationQ leadership and quality improvement programme, where he gained valuable skills and knowledge in clinical leadership and quality improvement.
From 2008 to 2014, Dr Findlay was clinical adviser to the Welsh Government on organ donation and transplantation, drafting and consulting on new legislation which culminated in the historic introduction of ‘presumed consent’ in Wales on 31 December 2015.
In addition, Dr Findlay led the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) over a 10-year period – an enquiry which aimed to identify and make recommendations to improve remedial factors in health care.
His work led to more than 20 national publications that significantly shaped health care standards and policy.
His training as a medical student was at Dundee University, after which he entered the RAF as a medical officer on a short service commission, before returning to the NHS in 1995.
You can follow him on Twitter: @georgefindlay99
Karen was appointed Chief Financial Officer in April 2017.
She started her NHS career as part of the service’s Financial Management Training Scheme and subsequently worked in several NHS organisations in London, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Northwick Park and St Mark’s hospitals. Karen worked at BSUH for 12 years before moving to WSH as Director of Finance in 2014.
Denise was appointed as Chief Workforce and Organisational Development Officer in April 2017. She holds the same post at Western Sussex Hospitals.
She joined Royal West Sussex NHS Trust in February 2008 as Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and was appointed to Western Sussex Hospitals after the merger with Worthing and Southlands.
She originally hails from Liverpool and has worked in the public sector for her entire career, most recently at Hampshire Primary Care Trust (PCT), where she was involved in major change programmes.
Pete was appointed Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer in April 2017. He holds the same post for Western Sussex Hospitals.
He started his career as a management consultant with PWC and has held several senior positions in the NHS, including as Head of Operations and Delivery for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.
A resident of Peacehaven, Patrick has had a long career in the UK Public service. He brings to the Trust 30 years senior leadership and governance experience at CEO level in central government and the NHS.
Patrick is also the Non-Executive Director Lead for Equalities. Read about Patrick’s involvement with the LGBTQ+ Network (under ‘Staff Stories’)
Kirstin previously worked as a senior policy official in the Treasury, heading the team responsible for coordinating public spending and managing many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 crisis. Kirstin’s earlier career was in European policy and she worked as a competition official in the European Commission and in policy advisor roles in the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. More recently, Kirstin was seconded to the Scottish Government, leading work on infrastructure investment.
Kirstin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work during the financial crisis. She is Vice-Chair of the Council of Sussex University and a non-executive member of the board of UK Financial Investments.
Kirstin is Chair of the 3Ts Programme Board and a member of the Audit Committee
Joanna worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, beginning her career in private banking at Credit Suisse before moving to corporate banking and structured finance. After an exciting time working in IT during the years that led to European Monetary Union (EMU) and the extraordinary challenge of Y2K at the turn of the century, Joanna moved into HR, with a particular focus on strategic planning and change management. Most recently, Joanna worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB), with responsibilities for performance management, talent management, learning and organisational development, sitting on the EIB’s Equal Opportunities joint-committee.
Joanna has a degree in psychology from St Andrews University.
Mike became a Non-Executive Director at WSH when he retired from his clinical role as a consultant gynaecologist for the Trust, which he had held since 1992. Mike is Chair of the Quality & Risk Committee.
After qualifying and initial training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mike spent 12 years as a GP before retraining to become a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, and was appointed in Worthing in 1992.
In 2013 Mike was elected as a Staff Governor representing the Trust’s medical workforce on the Council of Governors.
Outside of his gynaecology role, Mike has also been chair of the BMA local negotiating committee, chair of the Sussex gynaecological tumour group, a member of the speciality training committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chair of the medical advisory committee of Goring Hall Hospital.
Martin qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 1985. He has spent the last 20 years in senior roles at the National Audit Office leading the external audit of major government departments on behalf of Parliament. He has extensive experience of working internationally being lead partner on the audit of the United Nations from 2010 to 2015.
Martin has contributed to the development of accounting and auditing standards for the public sector through his membership and engagement with a wide range of professional committees and standard setting bodies.
He is now a non-executive director and charity trustee. He is the Honorary Treasurer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of Asthma UK.
Martin is Chair of the Audit Committee.
Professor Reed qualified in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 1981. Following postgraduate surgical training in the UK and a period of research at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, he returned to Sheffield for Higher Surgical Training. He became Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in 1992, was appointed to the Foundation Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sheffield in 1999, and became Head of Academic General Surgery in 2003 and Head of the University’s Department of Oncology.
Professor Reed has a long-standing track record in cancer research, with more than 200 publications. His main current areas of clinical research relate to the surgical management of breast cancer, with particular emphasis on breast cancer in older women. His research also covers other important aspects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment including projects evaluating the variation in the treatment of breast cancer.
A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), Professor Reed undertakes clinics and ward rounds as well as surgical procedures including breast reconstruction and complex soft-tissue sarcoma surgery. He was appointed as Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School in August 2014 and took up the post on the 1st December 2014.
Professor Reed is a member of the Quality and Risk Committee.
Resident of Horsham, Jon has had a career with BT of more than 20 years to date and in that time has held roles in financial, marketing, general management and regulatory governance up to board level.
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
Lizzie is a qualified chartered public finance accountant, with over 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector at national and local levels. She worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission and most recently for Ernst & Young LLP, a global accountancy/consulting firm. Her expertise includes supporting and influencing boards across a wide range of public sector organisations to strengthen their strategic, governance, financial and value for money arrangements.
She currently has a varied portfolio of independent adviser/member roles with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Local Government Boundary Commission and a national procurement company. She is also the treasurer and trustee of a national children’s charity and a university lecturer in governance and audit.