The NIHR ARC KSS Board is accountable to the host organisation, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and through them to the National Institute for Health and Care Research and the Department of Health and Social Care.

It is independently chaired by Professor Sir Nick Black. Members include higher education institutes, integrated care partnerships the Academic Health Science Network, Clinical Research Network, primary care networks, public health, local authorities, the NHS and public advisors. 

The main function of the Board is to provide oversight and governance of the NIHR ARC KSS, providing guidance on the overall vision, ensuring the work carried out by the ARC addresses the specific health or social care issues in the region and that tangible outcomes are being delivered in line with identified objectives.  

Board meetings are held three times a year ‘in public’. This means that members of the public are welcome to join the meeting, to hear the debates, ask questions in advance (related to the agenda) and attend to hear the answers. For more information on how the Board works click here.  

Observing a Board meeting 

Our next Board meeting is being held virtually, on Thursday 3 February  2022, 2 - 4pm.  A copy of the agenda is available here

If you would like to observe a Board Meeting please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., three days before the meeting with the information requested below.

For the next Board meeting on Thursday 3 February 2022 you will need to email us the information below by 5pm on Monday 31 January at the very latest, so there is time to discuss any accessibility needs, send you the meeting papers and virtual meeting link and allocate any relevant questions to the appropriate Board member. Please note:

  • this virtual meeting link cannot be shared with anyone else. If someone you know wishes to observe the meeting please encourage them to contact us on the email above.
  • to avoid delay when you are accessing the virtual meeting room (via the waiting room) you will need to ensure you can be properly identified by your registered name. If the meeting organiser cannot identify you, you will not be admitted.
  • if there is not the virtual capacity for you to observe a Board meeting on a date of your choice, you will be given the next available date.

at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In your email please include your:

Town or locality within Kent, Surrey or Sussex:
Organisation or network (if applicable):
Role (if applicable):
Contact details (email, phone):

State the Board meeting you would like to observe:

1st Choice:

2nd Choice:

State your question for the Board, if you have one, and which item on the agenda it refers to.

Dates of future NIHR ARC KSS Board meetings in public include:

Date: tbc
Time: tbc
Venue: tbc

Full details of all our meetings can be found on our events page:

View event listings

Board papers

Board Minutes: 7 November 2019

 Board Minutes: 5 February 2021

Board Minutes: 3 June 2021

The ARC KSS Executive Group has delegated operational responsibility to ensure that the ARC delivers its objectives/milestones and monitors the progress of research, implementation, capacity building, dissemination and patient and community engagement, involvement and participation activities to those objectives.

Governance Meeting Structure

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