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The Council of Governors

What is the Council of Governors?

The two main functions of the council of governors are:

  • to hold the non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the board of directors and
  • to represent the interests of trust members and of the public

The Council of Governors is an important link for the Trust with its local community. This is a fundamental part of being a Foundation Trust, helping us to be more responsive to local needs.

Being a governor isn't about dealing with complaints as we already have very robust procedures in place to do this. It's about helping us to find out what people think about our services and how they could be improved and helping us to tell people about the challenges we face and gaining their help and support in meeting them.

The Council of Governors also has a number of other key responsibilities including the appointment of the Trust’s chairman and its non-executive directors.

Governors are volunteers, and are not paid, although we do reimburse travel expenses.

How is CHFT's Council of Governors made up?

There are 30 seats on the Council of Governors and these are made up of:

  • 17 public seats - 2 seats for each of our eight local constituencies and 1 seat for the Rest of England constituency
  • 6 staff seats - 2 seats for the large nurses/midwives group and 1 seat for each of the other staff groups 
  • 7 seats for appointed representatives from our partner organisations - the University of Huddersfield, Calderdale Council, Locala, Kirklees Council, Healthwatch, Calderdale and Huddersfield Solutions Limited and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Who can be a Governor?

You must be a member of the Trust before you can stand for election to the Council of Governors. (Joining is easy and free - for more details about membership and how to apply click here.)

You can join as a member when you are 16, but you must be aged 18 or over to stand for election to our Council of Governors.

We hold elections to vacant seats on the Council every year over the spring/summer period.






Who can't be a Governor

You are not able to become a governor if any of the following apply:

  • You are a Director or Company Secretary of this Trust, a Director of another NHS Trust or a Council Member or Non-Executive Director of another NHS Foundation Trust;

  • You are under 18 years of age;

  • Being a Member of a public constituency, you were entitled to be a Member of the staff constituency until less than one year ago;

  • You have been adjudged bankrupt or your estate has been sequestrated and in either case they have not been discharged;

  • You have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a Trust deed for, your creditors and have not been discharged in respect of it;

  • You have within the preceding five years been convicted in the British Islands of any offence, and a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of three months or more (without the option of a fine) was imposed on you;

  • You have within the preceding two years been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, from any paid employment with a health service body;

  • You are a person whose tenure of office as the Chairman or as a member or Director of a health service body has been terminated on the grounds that your appointment is not in the interests of the health service, for non-attendance at meetings, or for non-disclosure of a pecuniary interest;

  • You have had your name removed, by a direction under section 46 of the National Health Service Act 1977, from any list prepared under Part II of that Act, and have not subsequently had your name included in such a list