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Our Governors

All our members are eligible to elect and stand as Trust Governors

Our Governors represent the interests of members and partner organisations in the governance of the Trust. Governors give up their time voluntarily. The Trust is run by the Board but the Governors can influence their decisions and the direction of the Trust.

Our Trust has up to 39 governors, appointed as follows:

What's it like to be a Trust Governor?

Our Trust Governors talk about their experiences

Governors bring a great deal of benefit to the Trust through their experience, influence and role as a critical friend

The main role of the Council of Governors is to advise the Board of Directors so that the Trust acts in a way which is consistent with our objectives and values. They have an important role in providing the stakeholder, public or staff representation on the strategic direction of the Trust.

Governors receive an induction and relevant training. They attend four Council of Governor meetings per year which are based at our Head Office in Hatfield. There is an opportunity for Governors to visit the Trust’s various units as well as getting involved in one of four sub-committees covering:

  • quality and effectiveness
  • engagement
  • performance and appointments
  • remuneration

The Council of Governors has the following statutory duties and powers:

  • To appoint or remove the Chairman or other Non-Executive Directors and the Trust’s auditor
  • To approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • Decide the remuneration and allowances, and the other terms and conditions of office, of the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors
  • At the AGM they receive the Trust’s annual accounts, and report to the auditor on them and the annual report
  • To advise on the strategic direction of the Trust and any significant changes

All Governors are expected to:

  • Attend the Council Of Governors and the AGM
  • To attend induction and training sessions
  • To sign the Code of Conduct
  • To act in the best interests of the Trust and to work within Trust policies

The NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance 

For information about what the NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance says about Governors click here

To get in touch with a Public Governor 

Tel: 01707 253856


Dates of future council meetings

For all dates please click here

Board papers

For copies of the Council of Governors board papers please click here

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