The hospital was formed and is governed by Royal Charter in 1746. This charter has been amended four times in 1888, 1895, 1897 and 2014. The charter outlines the governance of the hospital through a board of governors consisting of both ex officio and appointed members.
The board of governors are committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance which is the subject of considerable Board and management time and attention to ensure our governance arrangements reflect the present and future needs of the evolving organisation. The board is committed to The Governance Code: Principles of good Governance.
The Governors provide their time on a voluntary basis and have overall responsibility for internal control procedures and for reviewing their effectiveness. They invest the running of the hospital in a senior management team. Together with the management team, they expend significant time on improving internal controls, assessing risks that may impact on the organisation, eliminating such risks where possible and thereby ensuring the continued financial well-being and reputation of the Hospital.
We are keenly aware of and committed to our not-for-profit status and philanthropic purpose, as intended by the Hospital’s founder and laid out in its Charter.
We are committed to evidence-based service development and treatment, active participation of service users, and valuing diversity.
We are guided by the principles of Dean Swift, founder of the Hospital, and by the values of the Mental Health Act 2001, the European Charter of Human Rights and the United Nations Principles for the protection of persons with mental illness and the improvement of mental health care.
Board of Governors
Board of Governors
Mrs Caroline Preston, chairman
Dr John Hillery
Dr Michael Jackson
Mr Danny Kitchen
Mr Conor Killeen
The Very Revd. Dermot Dunne
Mrs Bernadette Godley
Mr Marcus Beresford
The Most Revd. Dr Richard Clarke
Mrs Caroline Gill
Prof Joyce O'Connor
Mr William Wright Morton
Mrs Audrey Cunningham
Mr Geoff Scully
The Hon. Mr Justice Frank Clarke
Mr Brendan Ruddy, service users representative (in attendance)
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