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Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is made up of 45 elected governors and appointed governors from partner organisations. 

Governors work within the Council of Governors to discharge a number of statutory duties, which are responsibilities laid down in law and set out in our Constitution

Elections are usually held each year and at the start of the election process, a formal notice is published, inviting eligible members to stand for election to the Governor seat(s) that are open.

Council of Governor meetings are open to all staff and the public.

Members of the Trust are elected by their fellow Members to sit on the Council of Governors. A Governor is someone who plays a very important strategic role in the Trust, particularly by helping it be responsive and accountable to local people, staff and partners. Governors use their knowledge, networks and experience to inform the Trust’s priorities and strategic decisions.

The Council of Governors provides an important link between the Board of Directors and Members. Chaired by the Chair of the Board, it meets in public at least six times a year.

There are 45 Governors altogether and together they form the Council of Governors which has specific powers

  • 26 Public Governors who live in and who are elected by Members in our local communities. These communities are Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, City of London, Hackney, Luton, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and the Rest of England (this covers all other areas within England).
  • Staff Governors who are elected by the people who we employ. They bring knowledge of widely held staff views to Council debates and can bring first-hand experience to strategic discussions about quality.
  • 10 Appointed Governors who are nominated by our partner organisations, (local authorities, commissioners, academic and voluntary sector). They bring expert insights which have been invaluable, particularly when considering integrated care.

View the Council of Governors Structure.

As a registered member of our Trust, you will already be interested in your local community and inpatient services, the quality of mental and community health care provided and future plans for improvement.

One of the most active ways you can become involved is to stand for election to the Council of Governors.