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What does a Governor do?

 Governors have specific powers that are statutory (required by law):

  • Governors hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively accountable for the performance of the Board of Directors.
  • Governors appoint, can remove and assign how much the Non-Executive Directors and Chairman can be paid and what their Terms and Conditions should be.
  • Governors approve (or not) the appointment of any new Chief Executive.
  • Governors appoint and, if appropriate, remove our External Auditor.
  • Governors receive our annual accounts, our auditor's report and annual report.
  • Represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public 
  • Governors present views to the Board of Directors on the development of our plans and significant changes to the services we provide.
  • Approve significant transactions.
  • Governors approve any proposed amendments to the Constitution.  
  • Approve any proposed mergers and acquisitions or separations.

Governors don't just have statutory responsibilities, they can have a wider influence both within and outside of the Foundation Trust.

Governors also:

  • Represent the interests and views of our Trust Members in their constituency
  • Play an ambassadorial role, representing the interests of the Trust and adhering to its values
  • Assist with Member recruitment
  • Contribute content for our Member communications, surveys and consultations
  • Attend Member meetings, events and talks
  • Attend local events on behalf of the Trust
  • Provide an important link with the local community.

 For more information on the statutory duties of NHS Foundation Trust Governors please click here. 


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