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Governor Elections 2023

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Governor Election Results 2023


• City of York x 1 vacancy - Rukmal Abeysekera has been re-elected
• Ryedale & East Yorkshire x 1 vacancy - John Brian has been elected
• Out of Area x 1 vacancy - no applicants


• York x 1 vacancy - Emma Deans has been elected
• Scarborough & Bridlington x 2 vacancies - Adnan Faraj & Chris McFarlane have been elected unopposed
• Community x 1 vacancy - Rebecca Bradley has been elected

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Our next Governor Elections will begin in Summer 2024 and will be advertised in Membership Matters.  If you are interested in the role of the governor why not come to one of our Council of Governor meetings, the dates are on the website.

Governors are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the Trust and are not about ‘rubber stamping’ decisions made by the Board. However, Governors have an important role in the effective running of the Trust in that they hold the Board to account and advise the Board of public and staff opinion, acting as guardians of the public and staff interest. They make suggestions and when appropriate constructively question Board decisions.

One of the Governors’ main responsibilities is to help communicate with the membership and public, and make sure the views of the membership and public are fed back to the Board.

Governors also act as ambassadors and champions, helping to promote the work of the Trust in their communities.

Why become a governor?

• It is an opportunity to support your local hospitals, perhaps giving something back if the NHS has had an impact on your life or those close to you.
• You can make a difference to the care and services provided to patients.
• You can use your existing skills, knowledge and experience to make a positive contribution.
• You can learn more about the health service and your local hospitals.

How much time is involved?

• Governors will tell you they enjoy the role but the time commitment should not be underestimated.
• As well as attending four formal Council meetings a year, there are other things that you will need to get involved in such as attending Council sub-committee/working group meetings and engagement events. Time will also be required to prepare for and read papers provided for each meeting.
• Governors are also expected to reach out into the local communities to encourage wide representation of membership; this may involve using your own networks or attending Trust organised membership and engagement events.
• Attendance at induction and mandatory training and development events will be required to ensure you are kept up to date with what is happening in the NHS and to learn more about the Governor role.
• Meetings take place on weekdays during the day.

Who can stand for election?

We aim to have Governors who are representative of all walks of life; you do not need special skills or qualifications to become an effective Governor. You need to be enthusiastic, committed, and care about your local services. All types of people can become Governors, with the exception of a disqualified person (see attached), but you must:

• Be over the age of 16.
• Be a member of York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

• Live in the geographical area you want to represent.

• Have an interest in the health service.
• Be willing to act in the best interests of the Trust and abide by the values of the Trust and Nolan principles of public life.
• Have good interpersonal skills as you will need to talk to others.

Are you interested?  Then make sure you become a member to receive our newsletter, Membership Matters, which will give you details of our Summer 2024 elections.

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