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Autumn 2017 Governors Election


Election to the Council of Governors of the South Central Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust

Voting in the Council of Governors Election

Important information to our Foundation Trust staff and public members

 14 November 2017

Notice of Poll

SCAS NHS FT Notice of Poll-Nov 2017

It is hereby declared that an election is to be held in the following constituencies:

Public: Buckinghamshire (3 to elect)




Bernadette DEVINE



View SCAS NHS FT Buckinghamshire candidates’ statements

Public: Hampshire (3 to elect)


Mainul ALOM


Nigel BURT

Paul Edward CARNELL



Charles MCGILL

Edward Frank MORRIS


Peter Geoffrey POWER


Michael Bruce SCHMIDT

View SCAS NHS FT Hampshire candidates’ statements

Public: Oxfordshire (2 to elect)



Stephen HAYNES

Loretta LIGHT

View SCAS NHS FT Oxfordshire candidates’ statements

Staff: NEPTS and Logistics Field (1 to elect)





View SCAS NHS FT NEPTS and Logistics Field candidates’ statements


SCAS’s governors play a vital role in the Trust, lending their experience and local expertise in order to provide the communities they represent with a voice in the shaping of the health service.

Voting instructions are distributed to qualifying members by post or email on Wednesday 15th November 2017.

Close of election: Tuesday 5 December 5pm.

Members receiving a ballot paper by post can cast a vote by post or by voting online.

Votes can be cast by returning the ballot paper by post to: Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW – no later than the time and date shown above

Members receiving voting instructions by email can cast a vote online only.


Do not miss this opportunity; choose the candidates you would like to represent you*.

*Please do read the candidates’ statements before you cast your vote


What are foundation trusts?
Foundation trusts are part of the NHS but are governed locally instead of centrally. They give local people a bigger say in health services in their area and how money is spent on health.

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?
There are a number of specific duties that governors must do, but in summary governors must:
•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?
All types of people can become governors, with the exception of anyone disqualified for a number of reasons including bankruptcy or recent criminal convictions. No special qualifications are required but you must:
•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?
Many of our governors will tell you how much they enjoy the role and that the time commitment should not be underestimated.

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?
Then that is OK. We hope as many members as possible want to vote and choose who is going to represent them, even if they don’t want to stand for election themselves.

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.