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’s career began in the Home Office and has included periods in several departments, working on areas as diverse as counter-terrorism and consumer protection. He has been head of policy at the Arts Council and Chief Executive of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. Alongside his role at the Royal Surrey, he chairs an inner-city housing association. He has degrees from Birmingham and Harvard Universities, and has recently graduated from King’s College London with a PhD in modern British history.