Board members

Our Trust Board comprises non-executive and executive directors who are jointly responsible for the effective management of Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust. 

Led by the Chair, our non-executive directors use their knowledge, skills and experience to help the Board formulate Trust strategies, and support and promote a healthy organisational culture. They hold the Board to account by challenging its decisions and outcomes to make sure they are satisfied that our organisation is operating with financial and operational integrity, and in the best interests of patients and the public. 

Led by the Chief Executive, the executive directors are our most senior managers and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust, including matters on strategy and operational management, as well as any issues regarding staff or patients. 

Both the non-executive directors and the executive directors regularly speak with patients and staff, listening to their views, ideas and concerns.

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Alexandra Ankrah - Associate Non-Executive Director

Alexandra Ankrah - Associate Non-Executive Director

Alexandra is a former practicing Barrister and is passionate about community involvement in health, having worked for over 20 years as a senior leader across the voluntary and public sector, she is committed to improving outcomes for all. She also sits as representative to the Dorking Deanery CofE Synod, is the Chair of the Arts Council of England funded national participatory arts centre, Liverpool and an active member of both the NHS Disabled Directors Network and the NHS Confederation BME Leadership Network.

Alexandra has an active interest in patient safety, quality, and patient involvement in service improvement. She has successfully completed the Health Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) Investigation Training, alongside having developed and delivered award winning stakeholder engagement projects.

Alexandra, having led a policy and regulation team in the former Health Education England, has a professional interest in work aimed at driving down attrition and encouraging retention. She has been keen to support the Trust’s work around disability, inclusion and tackling health inequalities. She has also supported the Trust’s work on addressing the gender pay gap. Over the year Alexandra has attended the Quality Committee, bringing valuable insights to the strategic discussion and helping us deliver assurance.

Alexandra joined as our NExT Director in 2022 - you can read more about the scheme on the NHS England website. In 2023 she was re-appointed as an Associate Non-Executive Director.