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.
Howard Webber was appointed to the Royal Surrey Board in 2017. He is Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee and was Chair of the Performance, Partnerships and Population Health Committee until its dissolution in 2021.
Howard began his career in the Home Office and worked in a variety of roles in government departments and quangos including the Cabinet Office and the Arts Council. He was Chief Executive of the Consumer Council for Postal Services and of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Howard has had a range of non-executive, charity trustee and voluntary roles, and currently serves on the Board of Lambeth and Southwark Housing Association and as volunteer grant assessor for the Henry Smith Charity. Since April 2022, he is also the Chair of the Orpheus Centre Trust.
Howard has degrees in law, public administration and history, and completed a PhD at King’s College London in 2019. His book ‘Before the Arts Council’ was published by Bloomsbury in February 2021.