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

They are responsible for ensuring the views of our local communities and members are considered in decisions about how we develop our services.

The governors meet four times a year. Click here to find out more about Council of Governor meetings.

Become a governor

We are currently holding elections for staff governors. Click here for more info.

We recently held an election to choose public governors for each of our boroughs, you can click on the map below to see who is representing you.

If you would like to be more involved or would like to become a governor in future, please click here to contact us and a member of the team will be in touch.

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.