Governor Elections 2019

Nominations are now closed. To see who is standing, click on the Statement of Nominations above.

There are 18 seats available in the following constituencies:

Vacancies Constituency
1 Public South West  (Gleadless Valley, Dore & Totley, Fulwood, Graves Park, Nether Edge, Ecclesall, Beauchief & Greenhill, Crookes)
1 Public South East (Arbourthorne, Beighton, Birley, Darnall, Manor Castle, Mosborough, Richmond, Woodhouse)
2 Public North East (East & West Ecclesfield, Southey, Firth Park, Burngreave, Shiregreen, Brightside)
1 Public North West (Broomhill, Central, Hillsborough, Stannington, Stocksbridge & 

Upper Don, Walkley)

1 Public Rest of England (all electoral wards outside Sheffield but within England)
4 Service User (must have used the Trust’s services within the past 5 years)
4 Carer (must have cared for someone who has used the Trust’s services within the past 5 years)
2 Young Service User or Carer (must have used or cared for someone who has used the Trust’s services within the last five years)
1 Central Support Staff
1 Nursing Staff


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.


Election Timetable

Publication of Notice of Election: Monday 11 March 2019

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations: Tuesday 9 April 2019

Notice of Poll/ Issue of Ballot Packs: Tuesday 30 April 2019

Close of Poll: Friday 31 May 2019

Declaration of Result: Monday 3 June 2019



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