The Council of Governors, led by our Chair, is made up of elected members of the public, staff and representatives from partner organisations.

Governors are responsible for ensuring the views of our diverse local communities and members are considered in decisions about how we develop our services. They meet four times a year. Click here to find out more about Council of Governor meetings.

Become a governor

Each year we hold an election to select governors for each borough. The 2020 election has now finished, but click here for more info about our elections or to see the results. And click the map below to see the current governors in your borough.

If you're interested in becoming a governor in future, our membership team would welcome a chat with you. Contact Donna Wrigley on 07919 397502 or ftmembership.penninecare@nhs.net

Meet our current governors

Our governors represent the following constituencies; click the links to find out more about our current governors:

Why governors are important

Governors are an integral part all NHS foundation trusts, with certain statutory duties set out in the NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance.

They don’t undertake operational management, but they hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the board.

This includes:

  • Representing the interests and views of members
  • Meeting with members, where possible, to provide an opportunity to share information about us, our direction and vision, and how we're performing
  • Reviewing the performance of the Non-Executive Directors
  • Appointing, and if appropriate, removing the Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
  • Approving the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • Deciding the remuneration and allowances, and other terms and conditions of office, of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors
  • Ensuring we meet our responsibilities to the wider community
  • Monitoring how well we are doing
  • Appointing and, if appropriate, remove our external auditor
  • Receiving our annual accounts and the annual report

For more information about the Council of Governors, please contact ftmembership.penninecare@nhs.net or visit our documents page.