Local people invited to become Trust Governors

Posted: April 17, 2014

Your chance to represent the views of your local community

Are you interested in healthcare? This is your chance to represent the views of your local community and influence how your local NHS healthcare provider is run.

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering members of the public the chance to become a Public Governor. Public Governors are members of the public who have been elected to represent the views of members in their area (constituencies). 

Members of the public can nominate themselves for this important job anytime up until 5pm, Tuesday 29 April by submitting a completed nomination form.

Elections are to be held for the following positions:

  • West Berkshire and Oxfordshire (1 vacancy)
  • Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset (1 vacancy).

The primary role of a Governor is to represent the views of Trust members to the Board and to hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the decisions of the Board. A Public Governor is expected to commit a few hours each month to this role. No experience is necessary and successful candidates will receive an induction and training programme.

Carole Nicholl, Company Secretary and Head of Corporate Governance, said: "We are looking for people who are genuinely passionate about healthcare and the local community and who are interested in the NHS. You must care about our patients and be eager to contribute to the future plans of the Trust.

"As a Governor your role will include helping us to grow our membership and encouraging people to share their views with us. You will also be involved in public meetings where the Trust Board is held to account and have opportunities to challenge decisions and make suggestions."

To become a Governor you need to be at least 18 or over and a member of the Trust. You may only stand for election representing the constituency you live in.

The Trust already has 12,000 members who can have their say on patient services, influence decisions and receive regular updates on the latest developments. Anyone who lives in the area, works for the Trust, or has been a patient or service user, can become a member for free and get involved.

To become a member please contact the Membership Office on 01793 604185 or email foundation.trust@gwh.nhs.uk

Alongside running the Great Western Hospital in Swindon, the Trust is responsible for a whole range of community healthcare services across Wiltshire.

How to apply

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions can be obtained from the Membership Office or Returning Officer either by:

Tel: 0208 889 9203

Text: Text 2FT GW and your name and address to 88802

Email: john.box@electoralreform.co.uk

Write to:  

Electoral Reform Services Limited
The Election Centre
33 Clarendon Road
London N8 0NW

All nomination papers should be received by the Returning Officer, John Box, at the address above, by 5pm, Tuesday 29 April 2014.


Should any nominee wish to withdraw their nomination, they must put this in writing to the returning officer by Friday 2 May 2014.

Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying Members on Tuesday 20 May 2014. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by Tuesday 10 Jun 2014.

The regulations governing this election can be obtained from Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).The Independent Scrutineer for this election is Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above). The Returning Officer for this election is John Box of Electoral Reform Services Ltd (address as above).

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