Six governors have been recently elected to join the team at The Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Governors are a key part of a Foundation Trust. They are elected by local people and play a pivotal role representing not only the community but also stakeholder organisations. The recent elections, which were formally announced on 4 July, saw two new public governors being elected for Sandwell. Edna Barker and Sonia Davies have joined Peter Sellick, who has been a governor for three years. Peter was re-elected to Sandwell. Chris Attwood and Rachael Gardiner were also newly elected as public governors for Dudley. And Omair Ahmed was elected as a new staff governor. Rachael has twin boys, both with disabilities and uses health services a lot. “I feel I have quite a bit of experience to draw on for this role as governor,” said Rachael. “It is really important that patients and the public have a voice and are listened to in the NHS. I will work hard to make sure I can help everyone have their voice heard and then relay back to them outcomes.” Omair Ahmed, Consultant Psychiatrist at the Trust said: “I am very much looking forward to taking on the challenge of being a governor at the Trust where I have worked for the past four years. “I am aware of the changes in the NHS and the impact they will have a local and national level. I want to support the Trust to deliver its vision and values in these difficult times.’ Governors challenge and hold the Trust Board to account and have a key role in listening to the views and opinions of the general public and members of the Trust.