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Governors Elections

Election results are in!

ELECTION RESULTS

24 November

Election to the Council of Governors

Close of voting: 5 pm 23 November 2020

PUBLIC: BERKSHIRE 1 ELECTED

  •  Laurence Chacksfield

PUBLIC: BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 2 ELECTED

  • Stephen Bromhall
  • Mathew Clark

PUBLIC: HAMPSHIRE 5 ELECTED

  • Andrew Bartlett
  • David Luckett
  • Charles Henry McGill
  • Tony Nicholson
  • Mark Perryman

PUBLIC: OXFORDSHIRE 2 ELECTED

  • Loretta Light
  • David Wesson

STAFF: 999 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS – NORTH 1 ELECTED

  • Ian Henry Sayer

STAFF: 999 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS – SOUTH 1 ELECTED

  • MayBeth Pardey

Civica Election Services can confirm that, as far as reasonably practicable, every person whose name appeared on the electoral roll supplied to us for the purpose of the election:-
a) was sent the details of the election and
b) if they chose to participate in the election, had their vote fairly and accurately recorded
The elections were conducted in accordance with the rules and constitutional arrangements as set out previously by the Trust, and CES is satisfied that these were in accordance with accepted good electoral practice.

For more information on the election results please view the report of voting here. 

Further to the deadline for nominations at 5 pm on 11 October 2020, for the above election, the following constituencies are uncontested:

STAFF: 999 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTRE
1 TO ELECT
The following candidate is elected unopposed:
Rachael COOK

STAFF: NHS111
1 TO ELECT
The following candidate is elected unopposed:
Sherri GREEN

STAFF: PATIENT TRANSPORT SERVICES AND LOGISTICS (CONTACT CENTRE AND FIELD STAFF)
1 TO ELECT
The following candidate is elected unopposed:
Loren BENNETT

STAFF: CORPORATE/SUPPORT/OTHER
1 TO ELECT
No valid nomination was received
1 vacancy remains

Ciara Hutchinson
Returning Officer
On behalf of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation

Elections were held for the following positions:

*10 PUBLIC GOVERNORS IN THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUENCIES

Constituency Vacancies Term length
Berkshire 1 3 years
Buckinghamshire 2 3 years
Hampshire *5 3 years
Oxfordshire 2 3 years

* following two resignations received w/c 5 October, the SCAS Council of Governors has agreed (6 October) to add these two vacancies to the three already planned to be filled by the current election process, meaning that there are five positions to be filled rather than three. This decision was taken prior to the closure of the nominations period, and in light of an extensive campaign during 2020 to encourage SCAS members, and members of the public, to stand for election.

6 STAFF GOVERNORS IN THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUENCIES

Constituency Vacancies Term length
999 Operations – North 1 3 years
999 Operations – South 1 3 years
999 Emergency Operations Centre 1 3 years
NHS 111 1 3 years
Patient Transport Services and Logistics (contact centre and field staff) 1 3 years
Corporate/support/other 1 3 years

 

What does a Governor do?

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.

You can find out more about in this presentation which was shared with aspiring Governors at workshops this summer.

Are you interested?

Please contact Company.Secretary@scas.nhs.uk if you would like more information.

IMPORTANT – If you would like to become a governor, you must be 16 or over and become a member first. Find out more about the role below.

You can also listen to an interview on ‘Unity 101 Community Radio’ with SCAS Chair Lena Samuels on becoming a Governor here https://www.podcasts.canstream.co.uk/unity101/index.php?id=23203

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.