Some 300 people attend the Trust’s annual general meeting in Hatfield


The University of Hertfordshire’s Weston Auditorium in Hatfield was the location for the Trust’s annual general meeting to review the 2016/17 year’s performance. Some 300 people came along to the meeting held on the evening of Thursday, 6 July.

The Trust’s chief executive, Nick Carver, explains:

“Before the formal meeting begin, our guests could visit around 30 different stalls organised by our staff and partner organisations and hear about the great work that they are doing. Once they took their seats in the auditorium, we all had the pleasure of listening to our staff Any Voice choir perform a medley of songs, which got the evening off to a lovely start.”

Mr Carver and the Trust’s finance director, Martin Armstrong, then took everyone through the Trust’s performance during 20167/17, covering what had gone well and where more work needs to be done. Mr Carver also spent time talking through the challenges that lie ahead over the coming months.

Mr Carver said:

“Although the performance presentations are important, usually at our AGMs it is the clinical ones that people remember most – and this year was no different. Consultant urological surgeon, Nikhil Vasdev gave a fascinating talk demonstrating how he and his colleagues have built one of the best robotic surgery services in the country, with a growing global reputation. Following Nikhil came a video of a patient called Phillip Fielding, which included his family and the team at the Lister who cared for him when he contracted septicaemia. Phillip survived against the odds and his account of the great care he received is helping to raise awareness about beating sepsis.”

Once the presentations ended, Geoff Brown – the chief executive of Hertfordshire Healthwatch – presided over a question and answer session, where Nick Carver and his board director colleagues answered questions from the meeting’s assembled guests.