As a Foundation Trust we have the freedom to make decisions on how we provide health and care services. To ensure these decisions are right for the people we serve, we work closely with Governors who each represent a local constituency.
Anyone aged 16 years and over can stand for election as a Governor. Once appointed by Trust Members and local organisations, Governors are usually in post for three years. During this time, there are lots of opportunities to get involved and make a difference; Governors attend various meetings to ensure the voice of their community is heard. This includes the Council of Governors (CoG) and Board Round Table meetings as well as our Annual Members’ meeting.
The Trust will provide training for the Governor role. The position is unpaid, but expenses incurred (such as travel) when carrying out the duties of a Governor will be reimbursed.
People become governors for a number of reasons: some have had contact with the Trust before (either as a patient, staff member or volunteer), others have an interest in health care (perhaps from their career or in voluntary work) and others bring no particular NHS experience but wish to help support their local hospital and put something back into the community. There is no ‘typical’ governor and nominations are welcomed from all sections of the community.
Some of the key things our Governors do
- Represent their local community, making sure what we do is consistent with our core purpose and values
- Question the Board of Directors on the performance of the Trust, including holding the Non-Executive Directors to account
- Approve any significant transactions
- Comment on the Trust’s plans for the future
- Make appointments –
- to appoint and remove the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors of the Trust, and set their remuneration;
- to approve the Board’s appointment of the Chief Executive;
- to appoint the external Auditor of the Trust;
- Communicate and consult with Members, help develop membership activities and promote recruitment
- Act as an ambassador for the Trust and the NHS in the community, and through day-to-day contacts.