The Great Hospital, situated in Bishopgate in the City of Norwich, is an unincorporated association, founded in 1249 by Walter de Suffield, Bishop of Norwich.


The Great Hospital is a Registered Charity (number 211953), governed by a Scheme of the Charity Commissioners dated 12 January 1983 (as amended by a Scheme dated 15 January 2001). It is a Registered Social Landlord with the Tenant Services Authority (number A0846) and also registered by the Care Quality Commission as a provider of Domiciliary Care.


A Board of Trustees is responsible for the governance of the Great Hospital. The Board of Trustees elects new Trustees who have the knowledge and experience to ensure that there is an appropriate skill-mix to meet the needs of the Charity. The Trustees meet quarterly.


Different aspects of the work of The Great Hospital are regulated by three external statutory bodies, the Charity Commission, the Housing and Communities Agency and the Care Quality Commission. In addition, English Heritage has formal oversight of the management of the heritage buildings which are of national and international significance. The Great Hospital is also a member of the National Almshouse Association.


The Master/Chief Executive has the delegated authority to manage the Charity within the terms of the Scheme and in accordance with agreed policies and budgets.


Connected Charities

There are two connected Charities together known (with the consent of the Charity Commission) as the ‘Small Church Charities’. They are The Preachers’ Charity, (registered number 212127) and the Sir Peter Seaman’s Charity, (registered number 311101). The Trustees of the Great Hospital are also Trustees of both of these Charities and both are managed by the Master/ Chief Executive in accordance with the various schemes.



Mr W J Walker BSc FRICS (Chairman)

Mrs C Jeffries M R Pharm S (Vice-Chairman)

Mr M Brookes

Mr D H Buck FCA DChA

The Hon Mrs A de Bunsen JP DL

Mrs E Crocker BA JP

Mrs J James SRN SCM

Mr D Marris Dipl Arch. RIBA

Dr J S Powell MB ChB MRCGP

Mr J Stanley MA (Oxon) FCA

Mr J A Banham FCA CF

Dr C A Singh