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
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community