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.

Annual General Meeting

Our 2023 Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 21 November 2023 from 5pm until 6.15pm at the Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 8QZ.

It is available to watch on the Trust’s YouTube channel here.  The Annual Report and Accounts 2022/23 were received.

Copies of the agenda and the Annual Report and Accounts 2022/23 are be available  on the Trust’s website here.

Details about the 2024 Annual Members Meeting will be released on this page when finalised or further information or to book your place at the meeting please contact the Foundation Trust Membership Office by email at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

Alternatively, you can write to:

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