Governor Elections 2019

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We’re pleased to announce there will be an election in the Public North West constituency where there are two candidates for the seat.  The candidates are John Buston and Margaret Spencer.  You can read the Statement of Persons nominated by clicking here.

Ballot packs will be sent to all our members who live in the North West wards of the city on 16 July and the result will be declared on 9 August.

Mark Goodwin was elected unopposed as the staff governors representing Social Workers and his term of office will commence on 5 July.  Click here to read the declaration.

Unfortunately no nominations were received for either of the two seats representing young service users or carers.

Election results are in!

Thank you to everyone who stood in our early elections.  We are so pleased to see our members feel engaged enough to stand in such important elections.  We can now confirm the newly elected governors and some of our current governors who have been re-elected.

Constituency Outcome Declaration Notice
Public South West Charlotte Porter elected Declaration – Public – Sheffield South West
Public South East Steve Barks elected Declaration – Public – Sheffield South East
Public North West No candidates  
Public North East Steven Hible elected unopposed   

Ahmed Ibrahim elected unopposed

Unopposed declaration Public – Sheffield North East
Public Rest of England Donna Pierpoint elected unopposed Unopposed declaration Public – Rest of England
Service User Adam Butcher re-elected   

Jonathan Hall elected

Terry Proudfoot re-elected

Joan Toy re-elected

Declaration – Service Users and Carers – Service User
Carer Billie Critchlow re-elected   

Liz Friend MBE elected

Sue Roe re-elected

Varria Russell-White elected

Declaration – Service Users and Carers – Carer
Young Service User/Carer No candidates  
Staff: Central Support Bradley Wass elected unopposed Unopposed declaration Staff – Central Support
Staff: Nursing Julian Davis elected unopposed Unopposed declaration Staff – Nursing

All our governors will commence on 01 July 2019 for a three year term.  We wish them all well.

Why become a Governor?

The role of the Governor is very important. Some of their duties include:

  • Appointing and/or removing the Chair;
  • Appointing and/or removing Non-Executive Directors;
  • Agreeing the remuneration and terms and conditions for Non-Executive Directors and the Chair;
  • Appointing and/or removing the Trust’s auditors;
  • Approving the appointment of the Chief Executive;
  • Receiving the Trust’s annual financial accounts, any report of the auditor on them, and the Annual Report
  • Holding Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors;
  • Commenting on the Trust’s priorities;
  • Making sure members’ views are heard when setting priorities;
  • Representing the views of members, staff and the local community.

However, most importantly Governors represent YOUR views. They question the Trust on its performance. It’s a real opportunity to get involved in the NHS in a meaningful and interesting way.

Who can be a Governor?

You must be a member of this Trust – you can join before the nominations close if you are not already a member. You must also be 16 years or over to become a Governor (although you can become a member at 12 years). If you move out of the membership constituency in which you are elected during your term of office you will have to step down. You must also meet criteria called the ‘Fit and Proper Person’ criteria. This will be clearly explained on the nomination form and you must sign a declaration to that effect.

How much time is involved in being a Governor?

As a minimum Governors need to be able to attend:

  • Most Council of Governors meetings. These are held five times per year, usually on a Thursday at 2.45pm.
  • The Annual Members Meeting held in September each year;
  • The annual development session held with the Board of Directors;
  • A minimum of two days training per year;
  • Various committee or project meetings depending on your interests and skills;
  • Community engagement – several meetings or events in your local area or across the city.

What qualifications or skills do Governors need? 

You just need to have an interest in the services the Trust provides and you need to have time to attend the meetings. You will be part of a group of people from all different walks of life – part of the fun is getting to know everyone and learning about the NHS. Being a Governor can be very rewarding and interesting. If you’ve got the time to give, we can give you all the support you need to carry out the role. Staff Governors are there to represent their colleagues and their professional groups and provide a crucial role in reflecting staff opinions at Board level.


We’re particularly eager to make sure that our Council of Governors reflects the diversity of our membership so would like to particularly encourage people from different ethnic backgrounds, and people with a learning disability.


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