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2019 Governors Election

Elections have been held in the following constituencies for public governors:

  • Berkshire (2 seats)
  • Buckinghamshire (1 seat)
  • Hampshire (3 seats)
  • Oxfordshire (1 seat)

The results of the elections were declared on 4 December 2019 by Electoral Reform Services (ERS). A breakdown of the votes received can be found by viewing the SCAS Report of Voting.

Constituency

Governor Elected

Berkshire

Mark Davis

Berkshire

Frank Epstein

Buckinghamshire

Ken Roberts (uncontested)

Hampshire

Laurence Chacksfield

Hampshire

Richard Coates

Hampshire

Hilary Foley

Oxfordshire

Helen Ramsay (uncontested)

Congratulations to our Governors who will be serving another term and we look forward to welcoming our new Governors to the Council.

All new terms will commence on 1 March 2020 for a three-year period.

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.