North Bristol NHS Trust Board

North Bristol NHS Trust is governed by the Trust Board, which consists of the Executive Directors, including the Chief Executive, who are full-time senior staff, together with an independent Chair and Non-Executive Directors who hold part-time positions. :

The number of Non-Executive Directors and voting Executive Directors is set by North Bristol NHS Trust’s Establishment Order 

The Executive Directors bring expertise to key areas of the Trust and oversee the day-to-day operation of the organisation, while the Chair and Non-Executive Directors offer skills and experience from a wide variety of roles within the wider community. The Trust Chair has specific duties and responsibilities for the effective leadership of the Board, and creating the conditions necessary for overall board and individual director effectiveness. This includes the duty to lead effective governance at organisational level.

The Board's key functions are:

  • To set the vision and strategic direction for the Trust, define objectives, and agree plans for the Trust
  • To monitor performance and ensure corrective action is taken where performance needs to be improved
  • To ensure the Trust makes best use of the resources made available to us by the taxpayer
  • To ensure high standards of corporate and quality governance so the services we provide are safe and of a high quality

More information about the Trust Board, its balance, completeness and appropriateness to the requirements of the trust is included within our Annual Reports and Standing Orders available elsewhere on the website.

Michele Romaine, Chair at NBT


Michele Romaine

Michele has been the Chair of North Bristol Trust for over 4 years and was previously a Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chair at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. 

Michele has also held a number of senior roles in the media, including as Director of Production for the BBC. She most recently ran her own consulting business working with a number of media organisations globally. 


Maria Kane, Chief Executive at NBT

Chief Executive

Maria Kane

Maria Kane OBE joined North Bristol NHS Trust as the new Chief Executive in April 2021. Prior to her appointment at NBT, she held the role of Chief Executive of North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, where she had been in post since December 2017.

Maria previously worked as Chief Executive of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust between 2007 and 2017, and as Executive Director at North West London Strategic Health Authority between 2002 and 2006. Maria has held a variety of senior roles in corporate and strategic development for the Royal College of Midwives, Medical Protection Society and the National Council of Voluntary Organisations.

In 2019, Maria was made an OBE for services to health care leadership over two decades, particularly in North London. She has previously been a trustee of Open Mind, Umbrella Mental Health, Young Minds, as well as an adviser to the Lullaby Trust and a special adviser to the Care Quality Commission. She was also chair of governors of a primary school for ten years.