BPSU - Governance Board

The officers of the BPSU are responsible to the Scientific Committee, which in turn is accountable to the BPSU Governance Board. The Governance Board was established in 2014 and comprises representation from the three parent bodies of the BPSU, the RCPCH, Public Health England, and the UCL GOS Institute of Child Health. This ensures a tripartite oversight of the strategic direction and operation of the BPSU.

Responsibilities of the Governance Board

The Governance Board is charged with the responsibility and authority to ensure that the BPSU is developed, managed and maintained in a manner that ensures it achieves its objective.

To discharge these responsibilities the Governance Board will:

  • provide strategic direction to the BPSU by reviewing its priorities, progress, risks and future plans
  • appoint the Chair of the BPSU Scientific Committee
  • agree the terms of reference and membership of the Scientific Committee
  • oversee the financial arrangements of the Unit
  • reassure the host organisations annually that the activities of the BPSU comply with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical requirements and associated conditions
  • ensure that the activities and outputs of the BPSU are widely disseminated to professional, policy and public audiences.

Membership

Membership of the Governance Board is drawn from two senior representatives from each of the BPSU's parent organisations. Members of the Governance Board may not also be members of the BPSU Scientific Committee.

The current membership of the BPSU Governance Board is:

  • Chair: Professor John Newton, Chief Knowledge Officer, Public Health England
  • Dr Richard Pebody, Head of the Respiratory Diseases Department, Public Health England
  • Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Jacqueline Fitzgerald, Director of Research and Policy, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Professor Rosalind Smyth, Director of UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Dr Rachel Knowles, Clinical research fellow, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health