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Governor FAQs

Why become a Governor

Governors play an important role in the effective governance and leadership of our Trust and in the health services it provides.  They represent the views of the local people and help hold the Trust responsible for its performance.  More details are outlined at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nhs-foundation-trust-governors-a-brief-guide-to-your-duties

How much time does it take?

Governors are expected to attend the formal Council of Governor meetings held generally four times a year. It is expected that Governors will prepare by reading reports and preparing questions. These meetings last approximately four hours, and include time when members can talk to their local Governors. 

There are also two special meetings per year where Governors can meet privately with the Board of Directors, plus four meetings where Governors meet with other Governors.

Governors may also choose to become a member of one of the sub-committees or working groups.  These groups meet at regular intervals, generally not more than six times during a year. 

There is also the opportunity to attend patient-related events, membership recruitment days, and the Annual Members Meeting. Meetings are usually held at Malton, York or Scarborough and travel expenses are reimbursed.

Many Governors say how they enjoy the role and find it rewarding. Governors must have enough time to fulfil the duties of the governing body.

Do I need any special skills?

All types of people can become Governors, with the exception of a disqualified person (disqualification includes; bankruptcy or recent criminal convictions). No special qualifications are required, but you must:

  • Be a member of the Trust. Click here  to join.
  • Be over the age of 16.
  • Live in the locality you wish 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.

Governors have to be able to challenge Non-executive Directors and some of the Executive Directors to ensure they are doing their job properly, so it could be useful to have some skills you may have developed at work, as a volunteer, or in your personal life, such as reading reports and working with others.

How do I become a Governor

From around July each year the election process begins and we advertise the upcoming vacancies via the Trust website, by email, via social media and through Membership Matters. Information is given about the election process and how you can nominate yourself.

The role is for a period of 3 years and will begin on 1st November this year.  Upon election, Governors may serve a maximum of 9 years.

To find out more about our Governor Elections 2020 click here.

If you are not yet a Trust member and would like to join please click here to complete an application form.


If you require any further information then please contact Lynda Provins, FT Secretary, at lynda.provins@york.nhs.uk.


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