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Becoming a Governor

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.

How much of my time would being a Governor take up?

For each Governor the time commitment required will be different. As a minimum, a Governor is required to attend six meetings of the Council of Governors each year, in addition to the AGM. Governors need time to prepare for these meetings and to also deal with any queries raised by their constituents.

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.

The sub-committees of the Council of Governors are as follows:

  • Audit and Governance
  • Quality and Healthcare Governance
  • Nomination and Remuneration, and
  • Strategy and Planning.

How long are Governors appointed for?

Governors are appointed for up to three years. Governors will be eligible to stand for re-election and may serve up to a maximum of nine years.

Do Governors get paid?

Governors do not get paid for the work they do. However, expenses properly incurred in the performance of their duties are reimbursed.

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