Governor Elections

The Governor elections have now concluded and we can formally announce the results for the contested seats. Many thanks to all of our members who voted.



Staff Allied Health Professionals – Maggie Young. Click here for the Declaration.

Service user – Tyrone Colley, Steven Dexter, Julian Payne and Tammy Jane Raines. Click here for the Declaration.


We are pleased to announce that the following people were appointed, unopposed:

Public North West – Sylvia Hartley

Public South East – Liz Donaghy

Public South East – Jules Jones

Young Service User – Rivka Smith

Staff – Clinical Support – Adam Rogers

Staff – Support Workers – Antony Sharp


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 various times of the day including the evening;
  • 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.