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Governor Elections 2019

15 Mar 2019 18:08:13
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Nominations for our Council of Governors Elections 2019 are open from 6 March until 3 April 2019. During that time, we will be looking for Members of the Trust who are passionate about healthcare and want to help influence the future of their local NHS Trust, to consider becoming Governors.

The constituencies where elections will be held in 2019 are:

Rotherham North, 2 seats
Keppel, Rotherham West, Wingfield (Thorpe Hesley, Kimberworth Park, Greasbrough, Masbrough)

Rotherham South, 2 seats
Boston Castle, Rotherham East & Sitwell (Town Centre, Eastwood, Canklow, Moorgate, Whiston)

Wentworth North, 2 seats
Hoober, Swinton, Wath (Harley, Wentworth, Brampton, Upper Haugh)

Wentworth Valley, 1 seat
Hellaby, Maltby, Wickersley (Flanderwell, Bramley, Listerdale)

Rest of England, 1 seat
Covers all areas not within RMBC boundaries

Additionally, elections will be held in the staff constituency – 4 seats (applications in this constituency are from Trust colleagues only).

The terms of office are for three years, at which point Governors are eligible to re-stand. No previous experience is required as we will provide full training, support and information packs to assist new comers in the role. More information on the role, including essential reading documents are available on our website: www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/governors/.

Alternatively, please contact the Foundation Trust Office by email at rgh-tr.foundation.trust@nhs.net or telephone on 01709 427800.

Eligible members living in all constituencies where elections are being held will be receiving information from Electoral Reform Services (ERS), who are undertaking the election process on our behalf. Alternatively, you can request a nomination form in any of the following ways:

Online: www.ersvotes.com/rotherham2019

Telephone: 0208 889 9203

Email: ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk

Post: Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London, N8 0NW

The closing date for completed nominations to be received by ERS is 12 noon on Wednesday 3 April 2019

Governor profile

Mac Governor

Full name:
Lt Col RA (Mac) McPherson MBE
Your Constituency: Wentworth South

Why did you join the Council of Governors?

I recently completed over 44 years’ military service. Since leaving I have seen first hand the work the staff at the sharp end of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust do for the public. They are by any measurement a highly dedicated and professional workforce. I am also involved in the running of a number of veteran related charities. I believed that I may be able to make a contribution to supporting the staff at all levels and the management team in making this most valued of public services better in some small way.

What does being a Public Governor mean to you?

It is a representative role. I am involved in representing the views and concerns of those who have entrusted me with this important appointment. The whole Trust works hard to ensure that when needed, the public get the best possible service and support; the role of Public Governor makes a valuable contribution representing constituents and supporting the hard working staff at all levels.

What do you bring to the Governor role?

After a career spanning well over 40 years in the Army, reaching the highest rank possible, I remain an active manager and leader who can produce novel solutions to testing problems, principally but not exclusively within the third sector. In particular, I have been involved in change management and reorganisation of established organisations, improving outputs and efficiencies. This is valuable experience which I hope enables me to make useful contributions to the Trust at various levels.

What do you do in your role?

Governors have their responsibilities set out in statute. Like all board members I support the Chairman, attend meetings and make contributions as and when I feel it is appropriate to do so. There are also additional duties; attending various committee meetings as an observer. There are a range of additional roles which can be undertaken as and when you are available.

What would you say to anyone considering the role of Public Governor at the Trust?

It is not a difficult or onerous job. For those who feel they have a contribution to make and have some spare time this is an excellent way of making a contribution to an extremely valuable and important asset to our local community. Get involved - go for it!