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Council of Governors

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors who represent the views of the Foundation Trust membership and hold the Trust Board to account. 

The Council of Governors provide support and advice to the Trust to:

  • ensure that the Trust delivers services that best meet the needs of patients and the communities we serve
  • ensure that the Trust provides high quality, effective and patient-focused services
  • ensure high standards of corporate governance and personal conduct
  • promote effective dialogue between the Trust and the local communities we serve.

In addition, the Council of Governors fulfil a number of formal functions such as the appointment of external auditors. The Council of Governors may, at a General Meeting, appoint or remove the Chairman and the other Non-executive Directors of the Trust, although the decision to remove a Non-executive Director would require the support of three-quarters of the Council of Governors. You can read more about the role of our Governors here.

The Council of Governors consists of 16 public governors and 5 staff governors who have all been elected by the membership of their constituencies. It also includes nominated representatives from the Local Authority, University and other partnership organisations.

For a list of governors, follow this link.

Governors are appointed for a three year term, but subject to reappointment at the end of each term, can serve a maximum of nine years.

The Council of Governors meets four times a year in public and is chaired by the Chair of the Trust, Susan Symington.

Papers for the Council of Governors' meetings are available on request by emailing Cheryl Gaynor in the Chief Executive's Office or telephone 01904 725075.

If you would like to contact the governors, contact stating the name of the governor you wish to contact in the email.

Governors are not able to deal with complaints against the Hospital Trust. You can find information about making a complaint here.

Governor Elections 2016

Elections for the following Governor positions are currently being held;

York - 2 Public Governors

Bridlington - 1 Public Governor

Hambleton - 1 Public Governor

Ryedale and East Yorkshire - 1 Public Governor

Selby - 1 Public Governor

York - 1 Staff Governor

Elections will be carried out by the Electoral Reform Society and nominations will open on the 14 July 2016 with a deadline of 11 August 2016.  Voting will take place in September with a declaration of results on the 29th September 2016. Please see the list of proposed candidates here.

Please click on the following highlighted sections for prospective governor information and a letter from the Trust Chair.

Please contact Lynda Provins ( if you require more information.


The Council of Governors represent the views of the Foundation Trust membership and hold the Trust Board to account. 


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