Governors are elected by staff (Staff Governors) and the membership (Public Governors), or nominated by partner organisations like a Primary Care Trust (Stakeholder Governors). The Council of Governors consists of 17 elected and 6 nominated Governors.
Governors attend a minimum of four Council of Governor meetings annually, representing their local communities or staff group, working together to advise and influence on how the Trust develops as an NHS Foundation Trust and subsequently meets the future needs of its Members. This means discussing issues such as new service developments, the annual plan and receiving accounts and annual report. Governors are also responsible for overseeing membership development.
The Governors meet with the Executive Board on a regular basis to provide input into the strategic running of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust. They also appoint Non-Executive Directors who supervise directly the running of the Trust.
Governors represent the views and interests of the Members of the Foundation Trust and they are also involved in a number of working groups to drive forward developments across the organisation.
Governors are involved in various projects including:
- Developing the membership of the Foundation Trust
- Helping to set the strategic direction of the organisation
- Ideas to create volunteering and educational links and opportunities, particularly for younger people
- Creation of the popular ‘Medicine for Members’ series
Governors usually serve a term of three years and subject to re-election, may serve a maximum of nine years in total, or three terms of office. This process ensures consistency within the Governor group and provides an opportunity to introduce fresh faces, skills and experience on an ongoing basis