Our Council of Governors represents our
staff, stakeholders and our local
communities in the running of the Foundation
Trust, under the terms of the Trust's
The Council of Governors' statutory duties include the
appointment and removal of the Chairman and Non-Executive
Directors, the appointment of the Trust's auditors and the approval
of changes to the constitution of the Trust. They also hold to
account the Trust Board for its management of the Trust.
The Council of Governors has strong working links with the Trust
Board. A joint meeting with the Board is held twice a year and
Board directors attend relevant Council of Governors committees and
participate in joint seminars.
Foundation Trusts recruit members and, from these members,
Governors are elected to represent the views of local service users
Find out more about our Governors in our Meet Your
The Council of Governors works alongside the Trust's Board of
Directors to ensure that local communities and staff have a greater
say in how services are developed and delivered by the Trust. The
Council of Governors is made up of local people, staff members and
representatives of local stakeholder organisations.
The Council of Governors plays a major role in the governance of
the Trust. Its main responsibilities include:
Public and Staff Governors are elected by the members of the
Trust. Each Governor is responsible for representing the interests
and views of their particular group of members. Public Governors
represent local people in their constituencies. Staff Governors
represent the views of their colleagues. Governors appointed by
stakeholder organisations provide input from their
The Trust holds elections to the Council of
Governors every year. If you are a member of the Trust and
over the age of sixteen years then you are eligible to stand
for election in the public constituency in which
you live. Equally if you are employed by the Trust you
are eligible to stand for election in the appropriate staff
If would like to stand for election then you can self nominate
by filling in the nomination form. If you would like
further information about how to participate in the election
process please contact the Foundation Trust Office.
For each Governor the time commitment required will be
different. As a minimum, a Governor is required to attend six
meetings of the Council of Governors each year, in addition to
the AGM. Governors need time to prepare for these meetings and to
also deal with any queries raised by their constituents.
Governors are required to sit on at least one sub-committee of
the Council of Governors and participate in the work of that
The sub-committees of the Council of Governors are as
Governors are appointed for up to three years. Governors
will be eligible to stand for re-election and may serve up to a
maximum of nine years.
Governors do not get paid for the work they do. However,
expenses properly incurred in the performance of their duties are
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