Governor Elections 2018

It’s that time again when we’re reaching out to existing and new members, encouraging you to stand in our Governor elections.

Notice of Election

We currently have 14 seats available in the following constituencies.

Vacancies Constituency
1 Public South West (Gleadless Valley, Dore, Totley, Fulwood, Graves Park, Nether Edge, Ecclesall, Beauchief, Greenhill and Crookes)
1 Public North East (East and West Ecclesfield, Southey, Firth Park, Burngreave, Shiregreen and Brightside)
1 Public Rest of England (all electoral wards outside Sheffield but within England)
5 Service User (must have used the Trust’s services within the past five years)
2 Carer (must have cared for someone who has used the Trust’s services within the past five years)
1 Central Support Staff
1 Medical and Clinical Staff
1 Psychology Staff
1 Social Work Staff

Nominations are now closed for our governor elections. The following candidates are standing for election:

Candidate Constituency
Angela BARNEY Public – Sheffield South West
John HALSTEAD Public – Sheffield South West
Lee COXON Service User
Nicholaus HALL Service User
Toby MORGAN Service User
Kate STEELE Service User
Ellie WILDBORE Service User
Dr Nusrat MIR Staff – Medical and Clinical
Dr Liz CARTHY Staff – Psychology
Joanna BARTLETT Staff – Social Work

For a comprehensive list of candidates and their declarations of interest, you can take a look at the Statement of Persons Nominated.

There are no candidates in the following constituencies:

  • Public Sheffield North East
  • Public Rest of England
  • Carers
  • Staff – Central Support

A further election will take place for these vacancies.

Election timetable

There will be an election in the Public South West constituency only. Ballot packs will be posted to members within that constituency on 23 May 2018.

Close of poll: 5pm Monday 18 June 2018
Declaration of result: Tuesday 19 June 2018

Why become a Governor?

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

  • 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 you are serving 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 the 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?qualifications

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.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, the Governwell book for prospective Governors will give you some useful information.

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