Autumn 2019 Governors Election
Our next Governors election will be in autumn 2019 but it’s never too early to register your interest in putting yourself forward for election at firstname.lastname@example.org
Governors play an important role in helping to shape and support the emergency and non-emergency services that the Trust provides in the South Central region.
The role of Governor is entirely voluntary but also demanding and rewarding; they have specific statutory duties to fulfil and the opportunity to be the crucial link between our communities and the Trust.
They are expected to attend the majority of Council of Governors meetings (held four times a year in the evening). Governors are also expected to attend training, sub-committee meetings, community engagement forums and events, as well as the annual members’ meeting held each September.
Find out more about the role below.
What are foundation trusts?
A foundation trust has members including local people, service users, carers and staff.
Members choose governors to represent them on the Council of Governors.
When governor seats become vacant or governors are coming to the end of their term of office we hold an election, and any member in a constituency where we are holding an election can put themselves forward as a candidate.
Members in that constituency can then vote for a candidate to represent them on the Council of Governors.
What do governors do?
•Hold the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the Board
•Represent the views of members and the public
•Tell members what the Trust is doing
Governors must make sure the Board of Directors is doing its job properly by looking at how the Trust is performing against service user targets and standards.
Governors need to meet and communicate with members and the public and regularly feedback information about the Trust.
Governors also help promote membership and encourage local people to join as members.
Do governors need special skills or qualities?
•Be over the age of 16
•Have an interest in the health services and organisations
•Be willing to act in the best interests of the Trust and abide by the values of the Trust and the Nolan principles of public life
•Have good interpersonal and communication skills (as you will need to talk to others)
However, governors are elected by the members, so it is up to them who is ultimately chosen as their governor representative.
Enthusiasm, commitment, an interest in health and team work are important qualities.
Governors have to be able to challenge the non-executive directors to ensure they are doing their job properly so it could be useful to have some skills you may have developed at work or as a volunteer or in your personal life, such as reading reports and working with others.
How much time will it take?
As well as coming to four formal Council meetings each year there are other things that you will need to get involved in, such as attending Council sub-committee meetings and engagement events.
You will need to undertake some training to help you carry out your role; some of this will be compulsory.
Governors are also expected to reach out into the local communities to encourage wide and representative membership; this may involve using your own networks or attending Trust organised membership and engagement events.
What if I just want to vote for someone?
All members will automatically receive a voting pack either by post or via email.
The results will be published on our website and there will be more information in our membership e-newsletter Foundation Times later in the year.