St Andrew's has been a charity since 1838, funded by public subscription and founded thanks to the foresight and commitment of a number of Northamptonshire families.

Members of the local community, including descendants of the original families who were members of the Management Board, continue to support the Charity as governors today. They give their time and expertise generously to support the important role the Charity plays in providing mental healthcare to as many people as possible.

More information about St Andrew’s charitable tradition is available in our heritage section.


The role of Governors

The main role of our Governors is to make sure that we achieve the best possible results for the vulnerable people who benefit from our care, now and in the future. Their priorities are to know that the Charity:

  • has clear goals against which to measure performance
  • is well run
  • makes the most of resources
  • is open and accountable.


Boards and Committees

The Charity’s boards and committees oversee our operations and are reconfigured from time to time to meet the changing needs of the Charity.

The Charity’s Court of Governors comprises 41 co-opted members who elect five Trustees to be members of the Charity’s Board, responsible for scrutinising performance. The Board is held to account by the Court of Governors.

Our Board is a unique unitary body, which was established in 2004 following an application to the Charity Commission. It comprises the five Trustees elected by the Court of Governors, who are unpaid non-executive members, and five executive members who are employed by the Charity, four of whom are also Trustees. The Charity’s General Counsel is a member of the Board, but as the Charity’s legal advisor, cannot also be a Trustee. Meet the Board.

The Board is responsible for:

  • providing leadership to put the Charity’s strategic aims into effect
  • supervising the management of the Charity
  • reporting to the Court of Governors.

There are five committees, which comprise Governors and, other than the Pensions Committee, at least one Trustee. These committees and the team of Executive Directors report to the Board.



The Charity’s Executive team meets every week. It is responsible for devising and delivering St Andrew’s strategic aims for the future.

It makes sure that the strategy is clear and that performance and progress are effectively managed and monitored.

The Charity’s Executive team also:

  • makes sure that the Charity’s services are delivered in line with all quality requirements and regulations and that any risks are properly managed though the Operations Board and Risk Management Board
  • reviews existing services and facilities and looks and makes plans for the future through the Development Board
  • oversees training, education and professional development both of staff and external healthcare professionals.

When necessary, the team will refer key decisions to the Board of Directors or Court of Governors, and deliver regular reports to keep them up to date.