Become a Member

Do you want to become a SWFT Superhero Governor?

Between 22 November – 20 December we will be accepting nominations for our Council of Governors.

This is your opportunity to develop yourself and look out for your community - a bit like a superhero does - making sure we do what’s right and that everyone’s voice is heard.

To become a Governor, you need to sign up to be a Trust Member by clicking the image below. This needs to be done before 22 November 2018, after which point you will be sent Governor recruitment pack.

To find out more about becoming a Governor or for an informal chat please contact Meg Lambert, Trust Secretary on 01926 495 321 ext. 8040.

What is a Governor?

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 –
  1. to appoint and remove the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors of the Trust, and set their remuneration;
  2. to approve the Board’s appointment of the Chief Executive;
  3. 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.

We’d like people in the local community to become public Members of our foundation trust. It is free and open to anyone aged 16 or over and who lives in one of our public constituency areas.

As a Member, you will have a say in how the Trust plans and delivers hospital services to the community of South Warwickshire.

More benefits of becoming a Member:

  • Help us decide which services we should improve and develop
  • Take part in discussions and focus groups
  • Attend events to hear more about local health services
  • Attend the quarterly meetings of the Council of Governors, held in public
  • Vote for Governors who will represent you, or stand for election yourself
  • Choose your own level of commitment as a member
  • Receive the regular Trust Pulse magazine
  • Receive discounts from high street brands to holidays and mortgages via the Heath Service Discounts website
  • Half price Baby First Aid Courses (CETA) usually £20, click here to book your place

Become a Member online


Events are run across Warwickshire for existing Trust Members and the public. They are a way to learn more about the Trust’s services, ask Governors questions, and hear from some of the Trust’s leading consultants.

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