We are looking for new Governors!

Posted on: Thursday 10 May 2018

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust is asking people in the local community to help shape its future by becoming a Governor.

The Trust is holding an election to the Council of Governors with vacancies for Governors to represent the interests of the people residing in Ripon and West District and Knaresborough and East District.  There is also a vacancy for a Governor for The Rest of England and this might appeal to people residing in areas where the Trust provides services such as the North East and Leeds.

Angela Schofield, Chairman of the Trust and Chair of the Council of Governors, said: “Our Governors are an integral part of the Trust and ensure that we are accountable to the local community we serve. The Council of Governors have key responsibilities such as the appointment of the Non-Executive Directors on the Board of Directors, the appointment of the Trust’s external auditor and development of an active membership.  There are opportunities to work on specific projects and to represent the Trust locally and nationally too.

“At the Trust, we are extremely lucky to have an active and engaged Council of Governors, who lead the way on initiatives like our award winning Education Liaison programme. Now we are looking for people to join our Council of Governors and help to shape the Trust as we move forward.”

In order to stand or vote in the elections, you have to be a member of the Foundation Trust. It is free to join and an application form is available on the Trust’s website or from the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554489 or HDFT.membership@hdft.nhs.uk

If you are interested in finding out more about being a Governor and would like to register your interest, please contact the Foundation Trust Office on 01423 554489 or via email to Angie Colvin, Corporate Affairs and Membership Manager at angie.colvin@hdft.nhs.uk  You can also find helpful information and details on how to stand for election on our website by clicking here.

Nominations open on Wednesday 9 May and the deadline for nominations is Friday 25 May.

Members are welcome to attend the following Information Session for Prospective Governors:

  • Monday 14 May at 6-7pm in the Leon Smallwood Unit, Ripon Community Hospital, Firby Lane, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2PR.

Members will have the opportunity to meet with the Chairman and current Governors and learn more about the role of a Governor and the election process at the information session.

If you are unable to attend the session, and would like to find out more, please contact Angie Colvin, Corporate Affairs and Membership Manager, on 01423 554489 or angie.colvin@hdft.nhs.uk.