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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our AGM was on Thursday 29 July 2021

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Download the Combined AGM and CoG papers

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust is led by our Board of Directors. The Board is made up of a Chairman, Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.

  • The Chairman and Non-Executive Directors are appointed by the Trust’s Council of Governors
  • The Chief Executive is appointed by the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
  • The other Executive Directors are appointed by the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and the Chief Executive

Board members


Alan McCarthy

Alan McCarthy


Alan joined us in October 2018 as the chair of both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals.

He is a chartered civil engineer with 40 years’ experience in the public sector, including five years as chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.

Alan retired from full-time employment in 2009 and embarked on a mixed portfolio of non-executive positions including being chair of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust for eight years and a year chairing Brighton and Hove PCT.

In 2020 Alan was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS

Chief Executive

Marianne Griffiths

Chief Executive

Dame Marianne Griffiths has been chief executive of Western Sussex Hospitals since it was created in 2009 by a merger of the Royal West Sussex and Worthing & Southlands trusts.

She also became chief executive of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals in April 2017, when Western Sussex agreed a management contract to provide leadership and improvement support to its neighbour.

Originally from Limerick, in Ireland, Marianne trained as a nurse before reading Psychology at the University of Exeter and completing Chartered Accountancy examinations with Peat Marwick, now KPMG.

Before leading Western Sussex Hospitals, she was NHS South East Coast’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Commissioning and Delivery, and before that Chief Executive at Kent and Medway Strategic Health Authority.

The Health Service Journal named Marianne as its top NHS chief executive in both 2018 and 2019. She was also made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services to the NHS.

Executive Directors
Dr Maggie Davies

Dr Maggie Davies

Chief Nurse

Maggie joined Western Sussex Hospitals as Deputy Director of Nursing in 2014 from Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, where she was Head of Primary Care Strategic Development. 

She has extensive nursing experience, including as a district nurse and an oncology nurse for Macmillan Cancer Support. 

In her time at Western Sussex, Maggie championed patient safety and nurse recruitment and completed a doctorate in Clinical Practice. 

Carolyn Morrice

Carolyn Morrice

Chief Nurse

Carolyn was appointed Chief Nurse at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals in October 2019. She previously held the same role at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Pete Landstrom

Pete Landstrom

Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer

Prior to the establishment of University Hospitals Sussex, Pete was Chief Delivery and Strategy Officer at both Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals.

He started his career as a management consultant with PWC and has held several other senior positions in the NHS, including Head of Operations and Delivery at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. 

Karen Geoghegan

Karen Geoghegan

Chief Financial Officer

A graduate of the NHS Financial Management Training Scheme she worked in several NHS organisations in London, including Guy’s and St Thomas’, Northwick Park and St Mark’s hospitals.

She then worked at Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals for 12 years from 2002, holding a number of posts including Interim Chief Financial Officer. In 2019, Karen was named Finance Director of the Year in the National Healthcare Finance Awards.

Denise Farmer

Denise Farmer

Chief Culture & Organisational Development Officer

Denise was appointed Chief Workforce and Organisational Development Officer at Western Sussex Hospitals and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals in April 2017.

She was previously Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Western, having held the same role at Royal West Sussex NHS Trust since 2008.

Denise originally hails from Liverpool and has worked in the public sector for her entire career. Before joining RWS, she was involved in major change programmes at Hampshire Primary Care Trust. 

Non-executive Directors

Kirstin Baker

Non-Executive Director

Kirstin has had a long career in the civil service and was most recently HM Treasury’s Finance and Commercial Director, overseeing the Treasury’s finances and corporate services and sitting on the Treasury Board.

She previously worked as a senior policy official in the Treasury, heading the team responsible for coordinating public spending and managing many of the Treasury’s interventions in individual banks in the wake of the 2008 crisis.

Kirstin’s earlier career was in European policy and she worked as a competition official in the European Commission and in policy advisor roles in the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. More recently, she was seconded to the Scottish Government, leading work on infrastructure investment.

Kirstin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and was awarded a CBE in 2011 for her work during the financial crisis. She is Vice-Chair of the Council of Sussex University and a non-executive member of the board of UK Financial Investments.

Patrick Boyle

Non-Executive Director

A resident of Peacehaven, Patrick has had a long career in the UK public service. He brings to the Trust 30 years senior leadership and governance experience at CEO level in Central Government and the NHS.

Jackie Cassell

Non-Executive Director

Joanna Crane

Senior Independent Director

Joanna worked in the financial services industry for more than 25 years, beginning her career in private banking at Credit Suisse before moving to corporate banking and structured finance.

After an exciting time working in IT during the years that led to European Monetary Union (EMU) and the extraordinary challenge of Y2K at the turn of the century, Joanna moved into HR, with a particular focus on strategic planning and change management.

Most recently, Joanna worked at the European Investment Bank (EIB), with responsibilities for performance management, talent management, learning and organisational development, sitting on the EIB’s Equal Opportunities joint-committee.

Lizzie Peers

Non-Executive Director

Lizzie is a qualified chartered public finance accountant with more than 20 years’ experience as an external auditor working across the UK public sector at national and local levels. She worked as a senior manager for the Audit Commission and most recently for Ernst & Young LLP, a global accountancy/consulting firm. Her expertise includes supporting and influencing boards across a wide range of public sector organisations to strengthen their strategic, governance, financial and value for money arrangements.

She currently has a varied portfolio of independent adviser/member roles with the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the Ministry of Justice, the Local Government Boundary Commission and a national procurement company. She is also the treasurer and trustee of a national children’s charity and a university lecturer in governance and audit.

Mike Rymer

Deputy Chairman

Mike became a Non-Executive Director at Western Sussex Hospitals when he retired from his clinical role as a consultant gynaecologist at the Trust, having previously represented the trust’s medical workforce on its Council of Governors.

After qualifying and initial training in obstetrics and gynaecology, Mike spent 12 years as a GP before retraining to become a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and was appointed in Worthing in 1992.

Outside of his gynaecology role, Mike has also been chair of the BMA local negotiating committee, chair of the Sussex gynaecological tumour group, a member of the speciality training committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and chair of the medical advisory committee of Goring Hall Hospital.

Jon Furmston

Non-Executive Director

Jon has worked in the telecommunications industry, for BT and Openreach, in a series of financial, marketing, regulatory and corporate roles. Most recently, he joined Openreach to help in its set up as it legally separated from its BT parent. He is currently Openreach Limited’s Company Secretary as well as having responsibility for Internal Audit, Safety, Governance and Regulatory Monitoring

Jon has a telecommunications degree from Queen Mary College, London University and is a qualified management accountant.

Lillian Philip

Associate Non-Executive Director

Lillian works in energy and utilities, beginning her career in residential pricing at EDF before moving to risk management and finance, where she led transformational change programmes. She is now a product lead in data and innovation with a specific focus on strategic planning for big data capabilities.

With experience of several corporate restructures, Lillian is passionate about inclusion and a positive change culture.

Trust Board meetings and papers

Social distancing requirements mean public Board meetings can’t be held in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, we’re broadcasting live video of these meetings for anyone to watch on Microsoft Teams. A link to the live feed will be posted on this page before each meeting.

Questions from the public will be answered at the end of each meeting. Email your questions to our Company Secretary, Glen Palethorpe, at least two days before the meeting.

Trust Board meeting dates

Venue or link information will be shared within a week of the meeting date.

Thursday 6 May 2021: 10am – 1.30pm: Join on Microsoft Teams

Thursday 5 August 2021: 10am – 1.30pm

Thursday 4 November 2021: 10am – 1.30pm

Thursday 3 February 2022: 10am – 1.30pm

Reports presented at the public Trust Board meeting

Every meeting

  • Chief Executive’s Report
  • Trust Integrated Performance Report covering each of the five patient first domains of Patient, Quality, People, Sustainability and Systems and Parterships
  • Reports from the Chairs of each of the Board Committees
  • Board Assurance Framework
  • Company Secretary’s Report

As appropriate during the year

  • Nursing Staffing Capacity Report
  • Maternity Report
  • Infection Prevention and Control Board Assurance Tool
  • Learning from Deaths Report


  • Adult Safeguarding Annual Report
  • Children’s Safeguarding Annual Report
  • Medical Appraisal and Revalidation Annual Report
  • Organ Donation Annual Report
  • Quality Strategy and Quality Report Update
  • Annual Workforce Race Equality Scheme Report
  • Annual Disability Equality Scheme Report
  • Gender Pay Gap Report
  • Emergency Preparedness and Resilience and Response Assurance Documentation
  • Patient Experience Annual Report and Strategy
  • Operational Plan
  • Capital Plan
  • Annual Declaration of Compliance with the Trust’s License
  • Trust Constitution – Approval

The Trust’s Annual Report and Annual Accounts are presented to the Board at the Annual General Meeting .

Board meeting papers to download

Board meeting papers are uploaded at least 3 working days before each meeting.

Annual report and accounts

Combined Annual Report & Quality Report 20-21

WSHFT NHSI Provider Licence 2020-21


To make sure our decision making is open and transparent, all Board and Council of Governors members must declare any business interests they have and any positions of authority they hold in a charity or voluntary body in the field of health and social care, or any other body contracting for NHS services.

This is to make sure any conflicts of interest are clear and can be managed according to our relevant policies.

University Hospitals Sussex directors’ and governors’ interests

Trust Board and governance information previous to April 2021

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust was established on 1 April 2021 through the formal acquisition of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT), which then changed its name to reflect its new status.

Find governance information about BSUH including Board papers, annual reports and meetings on the BSUH website.

Find governance information about WSHFT including Board papers, annual reports and meetings on the WSHFT website.

Also, please view our Publication Scheme for more useful links to documents.