Council of Governors

Mela 2011

Our governors – the majority of who are elected – play a vital role in the governance of the Foundation Trust and work with the Board of Directors we act in a way that is consistent with our values and meets the requirements of authorisation.

They also represent the interests of its members and partner organisations in the local community including healthcare, universities and local authorities.

What is the role of the Council of Governors?

The role of the Foundation Trust governor is to help ensure the trust delivers services which meet the needs of patients, carers, staff and local stakeholders. Governors will do this by creating stronger links with the communities we serve by reflecting patient and public views and interests and by carrying out some particular duties as defined in the Trust Constitution.

Governors of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will:

  • Be invited to attend at least four Council of Governors meetings a year
  • Be consulted on the future plans of the trust and have the opportunity to contribute to the planning cycle
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop the membership of the trust
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a members and public communication programme
  • Be prepared to meet with and speak to members in your constituency or organisation to listen to their views
  • Have the opportunity to be part of the governor working groups on themes of relevance to patient, staff, stakeholder and public engagement
  • Appoint the chairman and non-executive directors of the trust and approve the appointment of the chief executive
  • Decide on the pay and allowances, and other terms and conditions of office, of the chairman and non-executive directors
  • Receive user-friendly information to keep you up-to-date with the work of the trust
  • Appoint or remove the trust’s auditor
  • Receive the annual accounts and annual report and;
  • Scrutinise the annual plan

Who makes up the Council of Governors?

The Council of Governors is made up in total of 34 people including:

21 governors elected by our members through a secret ballot who represent the following constituencies (groups):

  • Middlesbrough (five governors)
  • Redcar and Cleveland (five governors)
  • Hambleton and Richmondshire (five governors)
  • Patient and carers (two governors)
  • Rest of England (one governor)
  • Staff (three governors)

13 nominated governors representing the interests of partner organisations in the local community including healthcare, universities and local authorities.

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