Council of Governors
Council of Governors
Our Council of Governors has 35
Elected and Nominated Governors which includes:
- 18 Governors who are elected from and by the public
- 7 Governors who are elected from and by our staff (staff
- 10 Governors who are nominated from our partner
organisations including one Youth Governor.
The Chairman of our
Board of Directors, Mrs Kathy Cowell, also presides over
the Council of Governors, which meets
three times a year, in public.
Chain of Accountability in NHS Foundation Trusts
Source: Monitor - Your Statutory Duties: A reference guide
for NHS Foundation Trust Governors (August 2013)
What does the role of Governor involve?
Under the Health & Social Care Act (2012), the duties of
Governors are clearly defined:-
- To hold the non-executive directors individually and
collectively to account for the performance of the Board of
- To represent the interests of the members of the Foundation
Trust as a whole and the interests of the public.
The Council of Governors is responsible for representing the
interests and views of Members/public and supporting our Trust's
performance in the following ways: -
- Representing the views of patients, carers, the public,
stakeholders and staff to our Board of Directors
- Developing networks for engaging the wider community, including
minority groups, in our activities, plans and services
- Seeking assurance from our Board of Directors.
Governors also have the following
statutory responsibilities: -
- Appointing/removing our Chair and Non-Executive Directors
- Determining the pay and terms of office of our Chair and
- Approving the appointment (by our Non-Executive Directors) of
our Chief Executive
- Safeguarding probity and good quality healthcare
- Receiving our annual report and accounts
- Appointing/removing our Auditor
- Ensuring we operate in accordance with our legal framework
- Approving significant transactions
- Approving applications by the Trust to enter into merger,
acquisition or dissolution.
- Approving any increase (more than 5%) in the carrying on of
activities that are other than the provision of goods and services
for the purpose of the Health Service in England in any financial
Governors receive training for their role, and are supported by
our Foundation Trust Membership Office in representing and
communicating with their constituents. Every year the Council of
Governors holds elections to appoint a Lead Governor who duties
include acting as mentor to our new Governors. In addition,
our Youth Governor is also mentored and supported by a Public and
The Council of Governors meet three times per year with meetings being open to the
public. Governors are also expected to attend at least
Group (meetings held 4 times per year) and Governors'
Performance Review Meetings (held 4 times per year). In addition,
all Governors are required to attend the Governors'
Annual Forward Planning Workshop (held once per year).
Governors may also be asked to attend additional ad hoc training
and meetings throughout the course of the year. Meetings are held
on a weekday and are predominantly held during the day (Monday to
Friday, anytime between 9.00 am - 5.00 pm).
Governors are unpaid but can claim expenses, such as travel,
incurred while carrying out their duties. They carry out these
duties and responsibilities under the guidance of the Chair, who is
the link between the Council of Governors and the Trust's Board of
How do I become a Governor?
If you are interested in standing for election as a Public or
Staff Governor, please contact
our Foundation Trust Membership Office. They will be able to
give you details of when the next Governor elections
will be held (usually July each year), and the process
for standing as a candidate. In order to be elected as a Governor,
you do need to be a member of our NHS Foundation Trust - if
you are not currently a member please complete an on-line
application form or alternatively you can contact our Foundation
Trust Membership Office for a paper form. Governors are
also required to
meet a certain criteria.
The Trust is keen to represent all areas of the community on the
Council of Governors, and welcomes interest from anyone within the
various constituencies. You do not need specific qualifications for
the role, other than an interest in healthcare and a commitment to
representing your constituents to the best of your ability. A
comprehensive induction programme and ongoing training is
provided for Governors once they have been elected.
How do I contact a Governor?
If you would like to contact a Governor to share any views or
comments or if you have any ideas and
suggestions, Governor e-mail contact details are listed
below each pen portrait on our Meet the Governors webpage. Alternatively
you can contact the Foundation Trust
If you have a specific concern or complaint, please contact our
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).