Become a Governor

Governors' role and responsibilities

The key role of Governors, while representing the interests of their constituencies, is to ensure the Board fulfils the requirements of NHSI - the Trust’s independent regulator - and acts in accordance with the Trust’s stated objectives. The Council of Governors acts in an advisory capacity and by doing so, contributes to the strategic direction of the Trust. The operational management and decision-making however remains with the Trust Board.

The following duties are the broad responsibility of the governors:

  • appointing and removing the chair and non-executive directors
  • approving the appointment of future Trust chief executives
  • approving and removing the Trust’s external auditor
  • approving the Trust’s annual accounts, auditors report and annual report
  • setting non-executive directors remuneration and allowances
  • being consulted on the development of future plans for the Trust and of any significant changes to the way services are provided
  • representing the view of their constituencies

Governors are expected to adhere to the Trust’s Code of Conduct and attend meetings of the Council of Governors which take place six times a year. Governors are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting and any other meetings identified by the Council.

What is asked of you as a Governor?

Governors are elected by trust members for a term of three years to the Medway, Swale or Rest of England and Wales constituency, of which they need to reside. They can stand for re-election once (giving a total length of service of six years) and are asked to commit eight to ten hours a month to their role.

How to become a Governor

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact the Membership Office. When the election process begins, you will receive the information you need to put your application forward.