Our Council of Governors is responsible for representing members’ interests. Governors are elected by Foundation Trust members or one of our partnership organisations. They act as a key link between members and the Trust’s Board of Directors.

One of the main roles of a governor is to represent the voice of the people in their constituency. However, governors also have a number of statutory duties which were recently amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. There are 34 governor seats in total and their main duties are to;

  • Hold non-executive directors (NEDs) individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board.
  • Represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public.
  • Appoint and, if necessary, remove the chairman and non-executive directors.
  • Review the remuneration and allowances of the chairman and non-executive directors.
  • Approve the appointment of the chief executive (the Council of Governors does not appoint the chief executive).
  • Receive the Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts and the Auditor’s Report.
  • Appoint or remove the Trust’s auditors.
  • Approve significant transactions (mergers/acquisitions).
  • Approve any amendments to the Trust’s constitution.

Governors’ views are also invited in respect of the Trust’s business plans for the coming years. Therefore, governors play a vital role in influencing and shaping the future plans of the Trust.

You can contact your governor by email, telephone or post.

Post: C/o Head of Corporate Affairs,
        Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust,
        Trust Headquarters Redesmere,
        Countess of Chester Health Park,
        Liverpool Road,
        CH2 1BQ.

Tel: 01244 397469 / 01244 393152

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