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Council of Governors

Council of Governors

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The Council of Governors, led by the Trust 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.

Meet our current governors

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

Become a governor

We hold governor elections every year and members are eligible to stand for their local constituency. We will post details on the website of upcoming elections on our Council of Governors election page, so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

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 of the Trust; however governors 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 throughout the Trust
  • Meeting with members, where possible, to provide an opportunity to share information about the Trust, its direction and vision and how it is 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 the Trust meets its responsibilities to the wider community
  • Monitoring how well the Trust is doing
  • Appointing and, if appropriate, remove the NHS Foundation Trust’s external auditor
  • Receiving the Trust’s 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.

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