What is the Council of Governors?

The Council of Governors is made up of 22 members, 13 of which are representatives of the public constituency, five representatives from the staff constituency and four representatives from partner organisations.

13 Public Governors

  • 6 representing East Staffordshire
  • 2 representing South Derbyshire
  • 4 representing Lichfield & Tamworth
  • 1 for North West Leicestershire and the rest of England (excluding the Trust's other public constituencies)

5 Staff Governors

  • 1 representing Medical & Dental staff
  • 1 representing Nursing & Midwifery staff
  • 1 representing Other Clinical Staff
  • 1 representing Other staff
  • 1 representing the Volunteers

4 Partner Governors

  • 2 Local Authority representatives
  • Higher Education
  • Support Staffordshire

About Governors

Governors are a conduit and meet with people in their local community or staff group, to help report back on what happens at Council of Governors meetings, and to listen to ideas and opinions from members of the public and staff.


  • attend Council of Governor meetings
  • work together to advise and influence on how the NHS Foundation Trust develops to meet the needs of people in our local area.
  • discuss major service developments, annual report and accounts, and how members are recruited and informed.

Governors have specific responsibilities which include appointing the Chair and Non-Executive Directors and approving the appointment of the Chief Executive. They also appoint the Trust's External Auditors and in preparing the Trust’s Annual Plan, the Board of Directors must have regard to the views of the Council of Governors.

Meanwhile, the Board of Directors has a Chair (the same person as the Council of Governors Chair), non-executive and executive directors and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the NHS Foundation Trust, including the quality of services, compliance with guidance and the assurance of good governance and public accountability.

For further information please download the Role of a Governor document, which gives additional information.

Roles and Responsibilities of the Council of Governors

Governors are responsible for feeding back information about the trust, its vision and performance to the constituencies and stakeholder organisations that either elected or appointed them. They  have three specific areas of responsibility:

  • Advisory – providing a steer on how the Foundation Trust can carry out its business in ways that are consistent with the needs of the members and the wider community.
  • Guardianship – acting as guardians to ensure that the Foundation Trust operates in a way that fits with its statement of purpose and ensuring that it operates in accordance with its terms of authorisation.
  • Strategic – advising on longer term direction so that the Board of Directors can determine its policies.

The function and purpose of the Council of Governors is to ensure that:

  • The interests of the community served by the Trust are appropriately represented.
  • The level of representation of the public constituency, the staff constituency and the partnership organisations strikes an appropriate balance having regard to their legitimate interest in the Trust’s affairs.


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