Non-Executive Directors

Our Non-Executive Directors ensure that the Board practice in the best interests of patients and the public. They are essentially critical friends, holding the Board to account by challenging its decisions and outcomes to that they are satisfied that as an organisation we have both financial and operational integrity.

They use their knowledge, skills and experience to help the Board formulate Trust strategies and actively support and promote a healthy organisational culture.

Non-Executive Directors regularly speak with patients and staff, listening to their views, ideas and concerns.

 

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Alexandra Ankrah - NExT Director

Alexandra Ankrah - NExT 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 at www.england.nhs.uk/non-executive-opportunities/improving-non-executive-diversity/next-director-scheme-supporting-tomorrows-non-executives/. In 2023 she was re-appointed as an Associate Non-Executive Director.