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The Council of Governors

What does the Council of Governors do?

“Governors seek out and take account of the views of the community to help them develop their own views and advise the policy and aims of the Trust. They also have a responsibility to present the aims and objectives of the Trust to the community.”

The Council of Governors is an important link for the Trust with its local community. This is a fundamental part of being a NHS Foundation Trust, helping us to be more responsive to local needs. Being a governor is not about dealing with complaints as we already have very robust procedures in place to do this. It is about helping us to find out what people think about our services and how they could be improved wherever possible. It is also about helping us to tell people about the challenges we face and gaining their help and support in meeting them. As well as this the Council of Governors also has a number of key responsibilities including the appointment of the Trust’s chairman and the non-executive directors.

There are 28 seats on the Council of Governors and these are made up of:

  • 16 public seats
  • 6 staff seats
  • 6 nominated stakeholders from, for example, University of Huddersfield, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust.

Who can stand for election to the Council of Governors?

Firstly, you have to be a member of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust before you can stand for election. Membership is free and is open to anyone aged over 16 (although governors must be 18) who:

  • Is or has been a patient or carer at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lives within our defined membership area (see map)