Biography

Janice Smith joined the Good Governance Institute as a Senior Consultant in 2021. She is a healthcare lawyer who worked for Capsticks Solicitors for 27 years, dealing with clinical negligence claims for 17 years and the governance for 10 years. She has worked as an independent consultant for the past three years.

Janice specialises in healthcare governance work primarily with NHS trust boards and CCG governing bodies. She advises on governance arrangements including committee structures, terms of reference, membership, standing orders and SFI’s, schemes of reservation and delegation and the various legal requirements for these. She also worked in house for the Sussex CCGs for over two years supporting their governance team.

She provides Board Development programmes and governance seminars including tailored Chair and NED training which she started doing over 10 years ago for the Appointments Commission. She was an associate NED at a Foundation Trust for four years so has personal experience of the role.

She advises health organisations on their risk management arrangements including incident reporting and SI investigations drawing on her background as a clinical negligence lawyer. She also undertakes investigations and enquiries including several high profile ones.

Janice is involved with the third sector as a volunteer and has been a trustee of The Boys’ Brigade both nationally and locally. She is currently a trustee of Oasis Charitable Trust. She has a particular interest in charity governance. She loves the theatre, music and good food.