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What does the role of Governor involve?

Under the Health & Social Care Act (2012), the duties of Governors are clearly defined:

  • To hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors, and
  • To represent the interests of the members of the Foundation Trust as a whole and the interests of the public.

The Council of Governors is responsible for representing the interests and views of Members and supporting our Trust's performance in the following ways:

  • Representing the views of patients, carers, the public, stakeholders and staff to our Board of Directors
  • Assisting our Trust's development as an effective social enterprise
  • Developing networks for engaging the wider community, including minority groups, in our activities, plans and services.

Governors also have the following statutory responsibilities:

  • Appointing/removing our Chair and Non-Executive Directors
  • Determining the pay and terms of office of our Chair and Non-Executive Directors
  • Approving the appointment of our Chief Executive
  • Safeguarding probity and good quality healthcare
  • Receiving our annual report and accounts
  • Appointing/removing our Auditor
  • Ensuring we operate in accordance with our legal framework
  • Approving significant transactions
  • Approving applications by the Trust to enter into merger, acquisition or dissolution
  • Approving any increase (more than 5%) in the carrying on of activities that are other than the provision of goods and services for the purpose of the Health Service in England in any financial year

The Governors are responsible for representing the interests and views of members, monitoring the performance of the Trust, ensuring high standards are maintained.

Governors receive training for their role, and are supported by our FT Membership Office in representing and communicating with their constituents. Every year the Council of Governors holds elections to appoint a Lead Governor who duties include acting as mentor to our new Governors. 

Governors are unpaid but can claim expenses, such as travel, incurred while carrying out their duties. They carry out these duties and responsibilities under the guidance of the Chairman, who is the link between the Council of Governors and the Trust's Board of Directors.

Full details on Governors' and Members' eligibility/exclusions can be found in our Constitution

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