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The Council of Governors

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 sites as well as getting involved in one of four sub-committees covering:

  • appointments and remuneration
  • membership and engagement
  • quality and service user experience
  • performance

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

  • To appoint or and if appropriate remove the Chair 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 reports and accounts, and report them to the auditor
  • To hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the Performance of the Board of Directors
  • To represent the interests of members of the Trust and the interests of the public
  • Approve significant transactions
  • To approve an application by the Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • Decide whether the Trust's non-NHS work would significantly interfere with its principal purpose 
  • Approve amendments to the constitution
  • Development and recruitment of a representative membership

All Governors are expected to:

  • Attend the Council of Governors and the AGM
  • Join at least one of the sub-groups
  • 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 thaw the NHS Foundation Trust Code of Governance says about Governors click here

Dates of future council meetings

For all dates please click here

Meeting papers

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


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