Governance and accountability


The NHS Confederation is a charity and our charitable purpose set out in our Articles of Association is “the relief of sickness and the preservation and protection of public health”.

The charity is governed by a board of trustees. The charity has a small trading company (NHS Confederation Services Company Limited) through which all of our non-charitable activity is managed such as conferences, sponsorship and exhibitions.

We are subject to the regulations of both the Charity Commission and Companies House.

2015/16 Board of Trustee meeting dates

The board of trustees meet 5 times per year.  We have an extended meeting once a year when the Trustees discuss the strategic plan for the organisation.

The meeting dates are:

  • 17 March 2016
  • 14 July 2016
  • 28/29 September 2016
  • 8 December 2016

Notes of the meetings can be found here


We have three committees that support the work of the board of trustees.

Audit Committee

The audit committee advises the board on the strategic process for risk, control and governance. The audit committee is chaired by Louise Scull and other members are Matthew Kershaw and Amanda Bloor.

The committee is supported by two independent members Hattie Llewellyn Davies and Roger Swain.

Finance and Performance Committee

The finance and performance committee deals with key performance, finance and policy matters on behalf of the board. The committee is chaired by Julia Hickey and members are Prem Singh and Owen Williams, Louise Scull attends as chair of audit committee but is not a member.

Remuneration Committee

The committee agrees the remuneration for the directors, considers any staff pay awards and oversees the pay and reward strategy for the organisation. It is chaired by Prem Singh  and other members are Heather Tierney-Moore and Colm McKenna.

Scheme of Delegation

Our Scheme of Delegation sets out who has the authority to make decisions across the organisation and specifically who can authorise expenditure.

Standing Orders

Our Standing Orders are currently being revised and set out the role of the NHS Confederation chair, chief executives and directors.

Register of Interests

Our register of interests lists all interests declared by our directors, trustees and independent members of audit committee.

Annual Financial Statements

The NHS Confederation produces financial statements which are filed with Companies House.

2013/14 annual statements

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