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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.


Become a governor today!

Nominations open on 12th June

If you live in Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley or Walsall, and have a passion for making a difference in mental health, learning disability and children’s services in the Black Country, why not nominate yourself to become a governor of our Trust.    

We have a number of seats available, as follows:

Sandwell – 6 seats

Wolverhampton – 3 seats

Dudley – 1 seat

Walsall – 1 seat


To read our notice of election, pdf click 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.

Timetable for governor nominations / elections

Nominations open

Nomination forms are available on request from Electoral Reform Services (ERS) on 12th June

Deadline for receipt of nominations

All nomination forms must be received at ERS by 5pm on 10th July

Candidate withdrawal

Should any nominees wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to ERS by 5pm on 15th July

Voting in elections

Ballot papers will be distributed to all qualifying Members on 1st August

Voting closes

Completed ballot papers must be received at ERS by 27th August

Results announced

Results of the elections will be announced on 28th August


How to apply?

If you would like to stand as governor, please contact Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services by:

Tel: 0208 889 9203

Address: Electoral Reform Services Limited (ERS)
The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road
London, N8 0NW

Text: Text 2FT BC and your name and address to 88802

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Online: www.ersvotes.com/blackcountry19


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