Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is responsible for representing the views and interests of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust members and the general public.

The Council of Governors does not undertake the operational management of the Trust; rather they provide a vital link to the wider community, liaise with the Board of Directors and collectively hold them to account for the performance of the Trust. They are responsible for regularly feeding back information about the Trust, its vision and its performance to the constituencies and stakeholder organisations that elected and/or nominated them.

We have 20 elected and six nominated Governors on the Council:

  • Staff Governors are elected by staff
  • Public Governors are elected by members
  • Stakeholder Governors are nominated by partner organisations like North Yorkshire Council

Meet our current Governors here!

Governors usually serve a term of three years.  Subject to re-election, they may serve a maximum of nine years. This ensures consistency within the Council of Governors and provides an opportunity to introduce fresh faces, skills and experience on an ongoing basis.

Find out more about the Council of Governors: Please click here to download our Constitution.

Becoming a Governor

You will find lots of useful information on the NHS Providers website. NHS Providers is the membership organisation and trade association for NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services that treat patients and service users in the NHS.

If you’re interested in standing as a Governor at the next election in your constituency, please contact the Foundation Trust Office to let us know. We will update your profile and notify you when the next election is due. Find out more about our Governor Elections.

Contact us

The Foundation Trust Team is available to answer any questions you may have about the Council of Governors.

Corporate Affairs and Membership:

Please call us on 01423 557351  or email

Alternatively, you can write to:

Foundation Trust Office
Trust HQ
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
Harrogate District Hospital
Lancaster Park Road