Christopher Foster – Non Executive Director

Christopher Foster was Bishop of Portsmouth and a Lord Spiritual until stepping down in May 2021.

Aside from the 40 years of experience of ordained ministry, Christopher also has experience of working as an academic economist. During his time, he led the Diocese of Portsmouth in national ground-breaking strategic restructuring and reorganisation of parish structures through a challenging process of change and transformation. In membership and leadership of the national church, he also chaired the national HR committee and was a member of the standing commission on national structures.

As a member of the House of Lords, he frequently spoke on matters of inequality and fair provision, and his wide experience of diverse people and communities, rural and urban, left behind as well as thriving socially and financially, informs his commitment to full and fair access to healthcare and wellbeing for everyone.

Christopher, who lives in Somerset, is also a board member and Trustee of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, chairing its ethics committee.

Christopher chairs the NHS Somerset Finance Committee, People Board, and the Remuneration Committee.