Meet our governors

The Council of Governors is made up of elected and appointed governors. Governors are volunteers and are not paid.

Governors are elected by distinct constituencies:

  • Staff Constituency – governors are elected by trust staff.
  • Service User and Carer Constituency – governors are elected by patients/service users and/or their carers.
  • Public Constituency – governors are elected by members of the public who have an interest in the trust.
  • Appointed Constituency – represent stakeholder organisations such as the local council or local charities.


Our Governors play an integral role in the running of our trust. We currently have 21 governors that represent service users, carers, public, staff and stakeholders.

The roles and responsibilities of the Council of Governors, to be undertaken in accordance with the trust’s constitution, are:

  • To appoint and remove the chair and other non-executive directors of the foundation trust at a general meeting
  • To approve at a general meeting the appointment by the non-executive directors of the chief executive
  • To appoint or remove the auditor at a general meeting
  • To be consulted by the trust’s board of directors on forward planning and to have the board of governors’ views taken into account
  • To be presented with the trust’s annual report and accounts and the report of the auditor on the accounts at a general meeting
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