The BSW Partnership provides a mechanism for collaboration and common decision-making for issues which are best tackled on a wider scale. The BSW Partnership does not replace our Partners’ Boards and Governing Bodies.

Two principles underpin our governance arrangements:

  • Decisions are made at system- or locality-level, and taken by the partner organisations – leaders at system and locality levels come together and form agreements in principle and by consensus, then take these to their sovereign organisations for ratification;
  • We aim to make and take decisions at the most appropriate level and as close to local level as possible.

We are developing our Partnership Memorandum of Understanding that sets out our vision, values, how we are led, and how we work together. We'll publish this on our website shortly.

BSW Partnership Board

The Partnership Board provides the formal leadership for the BSW Partnership and is responsible for setting strategic direction, providing oversight for the achievement of the Partnership’s strategy, and providing a forum where Partners make decisions together.  

The Partnership Board has a membership that is drawn from our constituent organisations, is led by a non-executive independent Chair, and is made up of clinicians and managers from across the constituent organisations to enable the implementation of agreed system wide changes. 

The Partnership Board meets regularly in public and members of the public are welcome to attend as observers to find out more about the BSW Partnership, our progress, and plans for the future. 

The agenda and papers for Partnership Board meetings in public will be published on our events page one week before each meeting. Details of all upcoming meetings will shortly be available here. If you’d like to observe a meeting of the Partnership Board, you can read our guide for observers. Please contact to register.

BSW Partnership Executive

The BSW Partnership Executive is made up of the chief executives, accountable officers or senior leaders of each Partner organisation. The group is responsible for overseeing delivery of the strategy of the Partnership; building leadership and collective responsibility for our shared objectives; and monitoring and managing system performance.

Our Independent Chair and Chief Executive


Stephanie Elsy, Independent Chair, BSW Partnership

Stephanie has worked in the delivery of public services for over 30 years. She was a CEO in the charity sector for 15 years managing community and residential services for people recovering from substance misuse, people with disabilities and people living with HIV and AIDS. She then entered local politics as a Councillor in the London Borough of Southwark in 1995, becoming Chair of Education in 1998 and then Leader of the Council in 1999.

After retiring from local government in 2002 Stephanie served on the Board of Southwark Primary Care Trust and started a consultancy business providing services in health, local and regional government. She became Independent Chair of the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Partnership in December 2019.

Tracey Cox, Senior Responsible Officer, BSW Partnership and Chief Executive of BSW Clinical Commissioning Group

Tracey has over 30 years’ experience of working in healthcare both in the provider and commissioning sector, working in several London hospitals including Whipps Cross, the Whittington Hospital and at the Royal United Hospitals’ Bath prior to moving into commissioning in 2001.

Tracey’s particular areas of interest throughout her career have been in organisational development and joint commissioning arrangements with Local Authorities having been part of a joint integrated arrangement with B&NES Council since 2009. Tracey is the NHS Clinical Commissioners Board representative for South West England. She joined the NHSCC board in July 2017.

Clinical leadership

Clinical leadership is central to all of the work of the BSW Partnership. Clinical leadership that reflects both primary and secondary care is built into our governance and work programmes.  

The Population Health and Care Design Group provides clinical leadership, advice and challenge for the work of the Partnership in meeting our aims of improving our populations’ health and wellbeing; improving care and the quality of services.  

It will ensure that the voice of clinicians, from across the range of clinical professions and partner organisations, drives the development of new clinical models and proposals for the transformation of services.