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Membership and the Council of Governors

CHFT is a Foundation Trust. This means we are not directed or controlled by the Secretary of State for Health, but we are still part of the National Health Service family and subject to NHS quality standards, performance ratings and systems of inspection.

One of the greatest benefits of being a Foundation Trust is that the structure helps us to work more closely with local people and service users to help us to respond to the needs of our communities. 

A fundamental part of being a Foundation Trust is the way the organisation is structured. It is based upon the involvement of local people, patients, carers, staff employed by the Trust and partner organisations.

There are three main components to the way a Foundation Trust is structured:

A membership community made up of local people, patients, carers and staff employed by the Trust;

A Council of Governors consisting of public and staff governors elected from the membership community and also appointed governors from the Trust’s key partners in health and social care;

A Board of Directors made up of a chairman and non-executive directors (appointed by the Council of Governors), a chief executive (appointed by the non-executive directors) and executive directors (appointed by the chief executive and non-executive directors).

In these pages you'll find information about being a member of the Trust, and about our Council of Governors.

Please select the appropriate button on the right of the screen to find the information you need.

Our membership office deals with all aspects of membership, including membership applications, governor meetings, elections and acting as a point of contact for members and governors. 

Feel free to contact the office on 01484 347342 if you have any queries about membership, or e-mail

If you would like to contact the Council of Governors, please e-mail

Our governors regularly record videos about  life at CHFT which we share with our members. Click links below to watch the videos:

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3