Council of Governors
What do the Foundation Trust Governors do?
One big difference between normal NHS organisations and Foundation Trusts is that Foundation Trusts have Members and Governors. The Members elect the Governors. The Governors will make sure that the views of local people and service users are heard by the management of the Trust. They will also inform Members about important decisions made by the Trust.
The Governors handbook sets out the Council of Governors' committee and working group structure, with their respective terms of reference, decision-making powers, membership, and, planned dates of future meetings.
What powers do the Governors have?
They appoint or remove the Trust Chair and non-executive directors, and decide on their pay. They also approve the appointment of the Chief Executive, advise the Trust on its strategic direction, advise the independent regulator about poor performance and appoint or remove the Trust's auditors. The Governors are not responsible for the day to day running of the Trust.
Who are the Governors?
There are a maximum of 26 Governors posts:
- 6 elected by service user members;
- 5 elected by members of the public constituency living in Camden;
- 5 elected by members of the public constituency living in Islington;
- 1 elected by members of the public constituency living in neighbouring boroughs;
- 4 elected by staff of the Trust;
In addition there are 5 posts available for Nominated Governors appointed by stakeholder organisations such as: voluntary action groups; local authorities and local medical colleges.
Key things to know
- Governors are largely elected by the membership, from amongst the membership. As a member, you too could stand for election as a Governor.
- Governors provide a voice for members and local people; they represent your interests.
- Governors help ensure that the Trust Board is accountable to local people.
- Governors have a statutory role: they perform important duties, which are prescribed by law.
Contacting your Governors
Governors can be contacted via email or post. If you wish to email a Governor please email firstname.lastname@example.org detailing the name of the Governor you would like the email sent on to. Post may also be sent to Governors at:
[Name of Governor]
C/o Trust Secretary
4th Floor East Wing
St Pancras Hospital
4 St Pancras Way
London , NW1 0PE
If you experience difficulties contacting any Governor please use our online form or telephone 020 3317 3192