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Governor Elections

Governor Elections 2016 

The results of our 2016 elections to the Council of Governors of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are outlined below:

The results were formally announced at our Annual Members' Meeting held on 27th September 2016 with newly elected Governors starting in office following closure of this meeting.  For more information about our Annual Members' Meeting, please visit our Events webpage

More information about the role of Governor

Our Trust has 35 elected and nominated Governors with the majority of our Governors (25 out of 35) being directly elected from and by our members.  All qualifying members that are aged 16 years or over are able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.

Governors are responsible for representing the interests and views of our members and the public, and seek assurance from our Board of Directors, with Governors helping us to shape the Trust's future priorities and plans so to reflect the needs of the people that we serve.

You do not need specific qualifications for the Governor role, other than a commitment to representing constituents (members and the public) to the best of your ability. An induction programme and on going training is provided to Governors upon being successfully elected.  More information can be found via:

If you would like to discuss the Governor role or election process in more detail, please contact Donna Beddows, Foundation Trust Membership Manager, via e-mail donna.beddows@cmft.nhs.uk or telephone 0161 276 8661.

Become More Involved - Stand for Election as a Governor

All our members are equal, but the Trust recognises that some members may wish to become more involved in the life of our NHS Foundation Trust than others. One of the biggest ways that you can get involved is to put yourself forward to stand for election to our Council of Governors.

The Trust is keen to represent all areas of the community and our workforce on our Council of Governors, and welcomes interest from anyone within our Public and Staff Member Constituencies.

We are committed to establishing a truly representative membership and welcome Members and Governors from all backgrounds, religions, beliefs, race, colour, gender, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age, social or economic status or national origin.  If you are not currently a Member and are interested in standing for election as a Governor, please complete an on-line application form or alternatively you can contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office for a paper form:

By Post:

Freepost Plus RRBR-AXBU-XTZT
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

By Phone:

0161 276 8661

(office hours 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday; answering machine outside these hours)



Standing for Election as a Governor of our NHS Foundation Trust

Over the years, many of our members have been interested in standing for election as a Governor with some of their key motivations being outlined below:

  • Passionate commitment to the NHS and to the Trust's hospitals and the desire to make a difference.
  • To make a positive contribution to ensure patients and carers get the highest quality of care at the Trust.
  • To use their personal experience as a patient/carer to help improve standards of care quality and safety, and the care environment.
  • To help the Trust respond to any challenges it faces e.g. finance, restructuring, increasing demand etc.
  • To be a voice/advocate for what matters the most to patients and their families, and to the wider community.
  • To be a voice/advocate for staff and share their perspective with the Board of Directors.
  • To give a voice to particular communities/groups e.g. minority groups, people with learning disabilities etc.
  • To use their skills (e.g. communication, finance, management etc.) in the service of others.
  • To support the Trust in putting patients at its core and foster a culture of valuing and engaging staff.
  • To bring an appropriate level of challenge to the Board of Directors (hold to account for the Trust's performance).

Annual Governor Election Process

The majority of our Governors (25 out of 35) are elected from and by our members with all qualifying members that are aged 16 years or over being able to nominate themselves to stand for election as a Governor during the election process.  Elections are held each year (usually commence around Summer/Autumn) for those Governor posts whose term of office is ending or have resigned.

At the start of the election process an invitation letter, from our Chairman, is sent out to all eligible members (where a Governor seat is open for election) to inform them that the election process is starting.  The invitation letter includes the contact details of the external company who facilitates our election process (to request a Nomination Form).  Ballot papers are then sent to members who in turn vote for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors.