The council of governors is a central part of a foundation trust. It represents the interests of patients, public and staff and oversees the work of the Board in running the organisation.
Governors help set the strategic direction of the Trust. They are either elected by public and staff members or appointed by partner organisations.
Roles and responsibilities
- Appoint (or remove) the Trust’s Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
- Approve the appointment of the Trust’s Chief Executive
- Appoint the Trust’s external auditors
- Agree salaries of Non-Executive Directors and the Chairman
- Receive the annual report and accounts
- Advise the board and represent members views about the strategic direction
- Help the Trust to recruit members.
The Governors role does not include managing the day-to-day business of the Trust. This responsibility remains with the executive team.
Who sits on our council of governors?
The majority of governors are elected by public members but the council of governors will also include staff governors who are elected by our staff members and representatives from partner organisations. It has up to 20 people, as shown below:
|Governor group||Representing||No of Governors|
|Staff (elected)||All staff||3|
|Public (elected)||Birkenhead:3 Wallasey:3 Wirral South & Neston:2 Wirral West:2 Rest of England:1||11 (in total)|
|Appointed||Partners & Stakeholders||(up to 6)|
Who can become a governor?
Almost anyone who is 16 or over and lives in one of our five public constituencies (Birkenhead, Wallasey, Wirral South & Neston, Wirral West and Rest of England) can stand for election as a governor. The other members in that constituency will vote for the people they want to represent them.
To be eligible to become a Governor you need to register as a member of the Trust. Please click here to go through to the Membership page where you can join.
Some people cannot become a governor, for example: a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years and sentenced to imprisonment for three months or more, someone who has been declared bankrupt and not discharged, or anyone who is on the sex offenders register.
Council of Governors meetings
The Council of Governors meetings are open to the general public. If you would like to attend or have any queries please email email@example.com or call 0151 514 2203.
Council of Governor Elections 2021
Are you interested in becoming a Governor for the Trust?
If the answer is yes, there are 6 elected seats as follows:
- Wallasey – 2 seats
- Birkenhead – 2 seats
- South Wirral & Neston – 1 seat
- Staff – 1 seat
Timetable for elections
|Publication of Notice of Election||Monday 4 October 2021|
|Deadline for Receipt of Nominations||Monday 1 November 2021|
|Publication of Statement of Nominations||Tuesday 2 November 2021|
|Deadline for Candidate Withdrawals||Thursday 4 November 2021|
|Notice of Poll||Friday 19 November 2021|
|Issue of Ballot Packs||Monday 22 November 2021|
|Close of Poll – 5pm||Friday 10 December 2021|
|Declaration of Result||Monday 13 December 2021|
Please see below the names of our governor colleagues in each of the constituencies.
- Gary Kelly- Hartley, Public Governor – Wallasey
- Veronica Cuthbert, Public Governor – Wirral South & Neston
- Jan Gidman, Public Governor – Rest of England
- Lynn Collins & Ronnie Morris, Public Governors – Wirral West
- Fahim Syed, Public Governor – Birkenhead
- George Taylor & Jan Hegarty, Staff Governors