Meeting held at the Olympic Lodge with a Zoom option.

Chairmans welcome 

  • The Chairman shared his regret at the passing of the Trust’s accountant, Volker Heinemann, and wished to record his sympathies for his family and the NPHT’s thanks for his contribution.
  • The Minutes from the last meeting were approved subject to small amendments.
  • The CEO confirmed that the Matters Arising from the previous meeting were either completed or progressing.

Financial update

  • The Board was given an update from the recent Finance & Development Committee meeting.
  • In light of the loss of the NPHT’s accountant, the CEO has been working to organise the Trust’s finances.
  • The Trust remains in a good financial position.
  • The CEO is planning to recruit a Commercial Fundraising Consultant hopefully in early 2022.
  • The Members and Board approved the Trust’s accounts to be submitted by the end of the year.

CEO, EVM and LO update

  • The CEO presented the EVM’s (Engagement and Volunteer Manager’s) report, including an update on the Rothschild 3D scanning project, which has so far produced 25 completed item scans.
  • The LO (Learning Officer) report included information about the October half term online activities, and the Meeting Point artist project, in which an artist is being commissioned to produce a piece of art using some of the Trust’s oral histories, to be displayed in the Heritage Centre.
  • The CEO shared updates about the Trust’s plans for a display in the Olympic Park, for which she is in conversation with the LLDC. The CEO is also in conversation with the Chiltern Open Air Museum about potentially rescuing one of the old hospital huts.
  • The CEO presented the Digital Content Manager’s report, which showed a spike of online visits in July due to the Google Arts and Culture work.
  • The Administrator presented the Archives and Collections report. Progress on box listing has been improved thanks to the arrival of the PhD student, Sam Brady, and Rosanna Ritchie from Buckinghamshire Archives, who will both be working on the WheelPower collection. Admin processes are also being improved, such as logging volunteer hours and logging temperature and humidity in the Heritage Centre and Spinal Injuries Centre displays.

Governance issues

  • The CEO reported that there were no changes to the Risk Assessment from the last meeting.
  • 6 policies were discussed and 4 approved with minor amendments.
  • The Trust is recruiting an Independent Trustee, with the aim of bringing them in to start in the new year.
  • Emma Boggis is coming to the end of her time on the Board of the BPA, so her term with the Trust will end at the same time. The Chairman thanked her for her contributions to this Board.

2022 Board Meeting Dates

  • Friday 18th February, Friday 20th May, Thursday 22nd September, Thursday 24th November


  • The CEO reminded the Board that the Trust has signed up to Amazon Smile, and encouraged them to share this information.
  • The CEO shared the date of the Trust’s Christmas Social: the 17th December.
  • The next Meet the Paralympian event will be on Friday 3rd December with Lora and Neil Fachie MBE.