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The management of the charity is the responsibility of the trustees who are also directors of the charitable company. They give their time freely for the benefit of the organisation. 

The trustees collectively are responsible for directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, delivering the charitable outcomes for which it was set up, and ensuring compliance with charity law and all other applicable legislation and regulation. The trustees also determine the strategy and key objectives and vote on major policy decisions affecting the charity. Trustees monitor the performance of the charity at meetings of the board and its sub-committees.

The trustees are responsible for appointing the chief executive office (CEO), Mr Grahame Pickering, and it is he who is the link between the board and staff.

The board of trustees meets a minimum of four times per year. The board agrees an annual cycle of meetings and work plans, setting out planned meeting dates, and a work plan of the items to be considered at each meeting. The work plan includes updates from the CEO and the executive team on the performance of the charity, and ensures that on a cyclic basis the trustees discharge their responsibilities. 

The following structure sets out the governance arrangements in place within the charity:

Clinical and operational committee

This committee meets a minimum of three times a year and has delegated responibility for overseeing all operational and clinical aspects of the charity as part of the organisation's clinical governance arrangements. Arrangements are in place for the committee to access independent specialist clinical advice, should this be required to support committee members in discharging their responsibilities. 

Finance, audit, remuneration and risk committee

This committee meets a minimum of four times per year and has delegated responsibility for overseeing all financial aspects of the charity, including audit and remuneration, so as to ensure short and long term viability and report back to the board accordingly.

The chief executive officer

The CEO is responsible for staff leadership, management and administration as well as the clinical and operational aspects of the charity in the execution of the policies set by the board of trustees. Senior managers are appointed to assist him in these duties and this structure ensures the charity is well governed and legislatively compliant in all aspects of its operations, as well as remaining productive.

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