Martin Wright

Role: Non-executive Director, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee

Appointed January 2018

  • What I do

My role as a Non-executive Director is to hold the Chief Executive and the Executive Team to account for the delivery of the organisation’s strategic aims and objectives. I am also the Chair of the Audit Committee. I regularly visit the Trust’s services to ensure I have a personal insight into the work of the Trust

The Audit Committee’s primary role is to ensure the Trust has an appropriate governance structure which identifies and responds to lapses in internal control.  This work involves working closely with the External and Internal Auditors.

  • How I contribute to improving the experience of service users and carers

In common with many people, members of my family have suffered with their mental health and I understand the value of good health support services.

My job on the Board is to make sure that services are being provided in the most effective and efficient way. I’m the Chair of the Audit Committee which looks closely at the Trust’s budgets and spending. I want to make sure that the Trust is getting best value from every penny it spends and is using its resources wisely to offer the highest quality services possible.

  • My experience

I was the Deputy Chief Finance Officer for DLA Piper International – one of the largest global law firms – where I was responsible for all aspects of financial reporting and control, including treasury, taxation and financial planning. I managed an international team of finance staff which provided support for more than 4,000 lawyers operating in more than 30 countries around the world.

Working for our trust was a chance to put some of the skills I have developed in the private sector to use in the NHS, and an opportunity to give something back to an institution which has supported me and members of my family for many years.

  • Get in touch

You can contact me by emailing martin.wright5@nhs.net