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 Executive Team, which comprises the Chairman and the Appointed Directors of the Partnership. The Executive Team is a decision-making body whose purpose is to decide the Partnership's strategic direction, ensure that strategic intent is achieved, make clear agreements on trade-offs and inspire alignment.