NHSCFA Board meeting 20th January 2022

Minutes of NHSCFA Board meeting - FCG-BOA-MIN - Meeting – 20.01.22

Version: 1.0

Date: 20/01/22

Meeting time 12:30 – 13:00

Meeting title: NHSCFA Board Meeting (Extraordinary)


  • (TT) Tom Taylor (Non-Executive Director – Chair, NHSCFA)
  • (JS) Jayne Scott (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (MS) Martin Spencer (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (AC) Alyson Coates (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (AF) Andrew Flanagan (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (GH) Gaon Hart (Non-Executive Director, NHSCFA)
  • (AR) Alex Rothwell (Chief Executive Officer, NHSCFA)
  • (MJB) Matthew Jordan-Boyd (Director of Finance & Corporate Governance, NHSCFA)
  • (TM) Tricia Morrison (Director of Performance & Improvement, NHSCFA)


  • (PG) Paul Golightly (Head of DHSC AFU)
  • (AS) Ann Sturgess (Head of Business Support & Board Secretary, NHSCFA)
  • (SS) Sonia Sousa (Governance & Assurance Assistant, NHSCFA) note taker


TT welcomed all to the meeting and thanked MJB and the rest of the team for all their work on the 2021-22 Annual Report & Accounts (ARA).


No apologies were received.

Declarations of interest

No new declarations of interest were made.

ARAC verbal update

JS summarised the ARAC meeting held earlier on 20.1.22 highlighting the following two points:

  • the current position of the ARA and what is expected to happen in the next few days
  • the encouraging final audit completion report received from NAO (paper 2)

JS confirmed the ARAC is happy to endorse the ARA and the audit completion report as well as the letter of representation.

Review of Annual Report & Accounts (paper 1)

AS gave a brief overview of the development of the ARA and then summarised as follows:

  • no substantive changes were made to the narrative since August 2021 when the initial report was shared with NAO, the ARAC and the Board
  • changes made were mainly related to formatting
  • Alterations to accommodate the change in Accounting Officer for Sue Frith to Alex Rothwell
  • the accounts element of the report was circulated separately

The Board noted the assurances provided by the GIAA Audit Opinion, the NAO completion report and the oversight provided by the NHSCFA ARAC.

Action point 148 AS/ JS to agree a summary of the ARAC’s assurance process to the Board leading up to the approval of the ARA

TT commented other Departments were also dealing with audit delays due to NAO resourcing

The Board approved the 2021-22 Annual Report and Accounts.

Public meeting date

It was agreed to convene a public virtual meeting on the 23.02.22 which will be followed by a previously scheduled Board meeting.

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