The Council of Governors is comprised of thirty nine Governors
who represent the Trust's public and staff constituencies and those
stakeholder organisations who are entitled to appoint Governors
under the terms of the Trust's constitution.
The Council of Governors has a number of statutory duties,
including the appointment and removal of the Chairman and
Non-Executive Directors, the appointment of the Trust's auditors
and the approval of changes to the constitution of the Trust. They
also hold to account the Board for its management of the Trust.
The Trust values the contribution of its Governors and the
particular perspectives that they bring to the development of
services. Consequently, Governors are active in developing the
Trust's strategies and its annual plan.
The Council of Governors has strong working links with the
Board. A joint meeting with the Board is held twice a year and
board members attend relevant Council of Governors committees and
participate in joint seminars. The Board considers that these
arrangements are an effective way to understand the views of the
Council of Governors and maintain engagement with its members.
Governors from the public and staff constituencies are elected to
office for varying terms up to three years and may seek election
for further terms up to a maximum of three.
Foundation trust status gives the Trust greater freedom to plan
local services allowing us to respond to the needs and wishes of
our service users and local communities.
Foundation trusts recruit members and, from these members,
Governors are elected to represent the views of local service users
and staff. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
currently has over 6,000 public members and 5,000 staff members. I'd
like to become a Foundation Trust Member.
The Public Governors represent the geographic area covered by
the Trust , which is split into nine constituencies.
These constituencies are:
Staff Governors represent the following staff groups:
We also has a number of Governors nominated by our partner
organisations. Following a revision to the Trust's
constitution, agreed by the members at the AGM in September 2013,
Appointed Governors represent the following organisations:
Governors provide advice to and influence how the Trust develops
services to meet the needs of local communities. Governors are
elected by patients, public and staff, or nominated by our partner
organisations. Governor elections take place every year with
Governors normally serving a three year term.
Governors attend meetings of the Council of Governors in which
they represent their local communities. The Council of Governors
holds four meetings a year, one of which is the Annual General
Meeting (AGM). Governors are therefore involved in discussing
important issues such as any major new service developments, the
Annual Report and Accounts and the means employed by the Trust to
recruit members and to ensure that they are kept up to date on
The Council of Governors works alongside the Trust's Board of
Directors to ensure that local communities and staff have a greater
say in how services are developed and delivered by the Trust. The
Council of Governors is made up of local people, staff members and
representatives of the local partner organisations.
The Council of Governors plays a major role in the governance of
the Trust. Its main responsibilities include:
Public and Staff Governors are elected by the members of the
Trust. Each Governor is responsible for representing the interests
and views of their particular group of members. Public Governors
represent local people in their constituencies. Staff Governors
represent the views of their colleagues. Governors appointed by
partner organisations provide input from their organisations.
The Trust holds elections to the Council of
Governors every year. If you are a member of the Trust and
over the age of sixteen years then you are eligible to stand for
election in the public constituency in which you live.
Equally if you are employed by the Trust you are eligible to stand
for election in the appropriate staff constituency.
If would like to stand for election then you can self nominate
by filling in the nomination form. If you would like
further information about how to participate in the election
process please contact the Foundation Trust Office.
For each Governor the time commitment required will be
different. As a minimum, a Governor is required to attend four
meetings of the Council of Governors each year, including the AGM.
These meetings are held quarterly. Governors need time to prepare
for these meetings and to also deal with any queries raised by
their constituents. Check the latest Council of Governors meeting
details in our Events Calendar.
In addition, Governors are required to sit on at least one
sub-committee of the Council of Governors and participate in the
work of that sub-committee.
Currently, the sub-committees of the Council of Governors are as
Governors are usually appointed for three years. Governors will
be eligible to stand for re-election and may serve up to a maximum
of nine years.
Governors do not get paid for the work they do. However,
expenses properly incurred in the performance of their duties are
The Trust provides support to Governors via the staff in the
Foundation Trust Office.
The Foundation Trust Office is staffed as follows:
Donna Swan - Trust Secretary;
Gaye Ferguson-Boyes - Trust
Secretariat Co-ordinator; and
Shelly Regan - Committee Administrator