Governor Elections 2019



It’s that time again where we’re reaching out to existing and new members, encouraging you to standing in our governor elections.

There are 17 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)
1 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.


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

What do I have to do if I’m interested in standing?

We strongly recommend that you come along to one of the two workshops that we’re holding.  These workshops give much more detail about what’s involved and a full explanation of the nomination process.  There will be existing governors on hand to give a first-hand view of the role.

The workshops are being held on:

  • Friday 15th March from 12 noon – 1pm in the Clarendon Meeting Room, Fulwood House, Old Fulwood Road, S10 3TH
  • Wednesday 20th March from 5.15pm – 6.15pm, Room 6, The Circle, VAS, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW


Please book your place on one of the workshops by either phoning 2718825 or emailing


In order to stand, you will have to complete a nomination form.    You can do this electronically or by filling in a form.  Go to  for more details.  The website will go ‘live’ just before the notice of election on Monday 11th March 2019.


Election Timetable

Publication of Notice of Election:               Monday 11th March 2019

Deadline for Receipt of Nominations:       Tuesday 9th April 2019

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

Close of Poll:                                                   Friday 31st May 2019

Declaration of Result:                                   Monday 3rd June 2019



Phone: 0114 2718825