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Being a Governor

At the heart of being a Foundation Trust is local accountability. Governors have a pivotal role to play here. Governors are elected by members of the Trust or appointed to represent stakeholder organisations. They are the individuals that bind a trust to its patients, service users, staff, and stakeholders.

Our Assembly of Governors is made up of:

  • 21 members of the public
  • 6 members of staff
  • 10 people appointed by recognised stakeholder organisations.

Anyone who is a member of the Trust and over 16 years of age can become a public governor.

The Assembly has a number of statutory duties, including:

  • appointing and dismissing the Chair and Non-Executive directors
  • determining the remuneration and terms and conditions of the Chair and Non-Executive directors
  • appointing and terminating the Auditor
  • approving the appointment of Chief Executive
  • receiving the Annual Report and Accounts
  • reviewing the forward plan as presented by the Board of Directors

In addition to their statutory duties, governors oversee the Trust’s membership strategy, ensuring representation and engagement levels are maintained and increased as appropriate. Governors also have a responsibility to hold the Board collectively to account for the performance of the Trust. Governors can keep a check on performance through such means as asking to receive documents produced by the Board, and requesting information updates from the Board. Governors are responsible for regularly feeding back information about the Trust’s vision and performance to the constituencies or stakeholder organisations they are representing. 

Click here if you’d like to look through published papers and minutes from past meetings of the Assembly. Click here to view the Register of Interests for each governor.


Becoming a governor

Nominations for 2019 elections have now closed

Thank you to everyone who voted in the 2019 governor elections. pdf To view the results click here . To find out who your governors are, visit here,



Who can become a governor?

Anyone who is a member of the Trust and aged 16 or over can be a Governor. If you are not already a member, you can sign up free by clicking here and completing the online application form.



Find out more

If you would like to find out more about the role of governor, please feel free to contact the Membership Office on 0121 612 8061 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also pdf read more about the role and responsibilities of a governor here.




Useful Links

Find out more about the governors

pdf Statement of candidates for Governor elections 20.05.2015