The Partnership Board delegates management of the Partnership's business to the Chairman and he is ultimately responsible for the Partnership's commercial performance. He is the Chairman of the Partnership Board, by virtue of his appointment as Chairman of the Trust Company. He is also responsible for the leadership of the Partnership Board and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.
The Chairman's role and responsibilities are defined in the Constitution. His democratic and commercial roles come together when he appears twice a year at the Partnership Council to report on the performance of the trading divisions and on responses to the annual Partner Survey, to set out strategic goals and to answer questions from elected representatives.
The Chairman is supported in his Executive role by the Chairman's Committee, which comprises the Chairman and the Executive Directors of the Partnership. The Chairman's Committee meets frequently to develop strategy, business plans and budgets and to review major operational and management issues, financial results and forecasts, as well as plans for the development of the Partnership's businesses.