31 July 2018

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is inviting nominations from local people in the boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Bedfordshire, Central Bedfordshire and Luton to stand as Governors in the Trust.
Governors represent their borough and the people who use or may need to use ELFT services.  Governors collectively known as the Council of Governors are involved in strategic planning and advise the Trust’s Board of Directors on how the Trust can meet the needs of its members and local communities.

Foundation Trusts are based on the principle of local public involvement.  Governors help the organisation to listen to what people want from NHS services and act as a link between the Trust and local communities.  
The Trust has over 9000 public members who are involved in the Trust in a variety of different ways. 11 public Governors are required: two for Tower Hamlets, two for Hackney, three for Newham, one for Bedford, one for Luton and one for Central Bedfordshire There is an additional position for someone to represent the Rest of England constituency. 

Marie Gabriel OBE, Chair of the Trust said:

“Governors play an important role in ensuring that the Trust meets the needs of people in their area. We value the involvement and commitment of local people who are ideally placed to tell us what their communities need. Our Governors play a central role in improving services and holding Non-Executive Directors to account”

How you can nominate yourself 

A nomination form can be obtained from the Electoral Reform Services  who are running the elections for ELFT.
Online: www.ersvotes.com/elft2018 
By phone: 020 8889 9203
By email: FTNomination.Enquiries@electoralreform.co.uk
By text: Text 2FT EL and your name and address to 88802
By post: Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre,
33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

Governors serve terms of three years. Individuals must already be a member of the foundation trust to nominate themselves for elections. If you would like to become a member, contact the Trust Membership Office on 0800 032 7297

All nomination papers should be received by the Electoral Reform Services by 5pm on 13 August 2018. 
For further information or to answer any questions that you may have please contact the Trust Membership Office on 0800 032 7297 or email elft.membership@nhs.net