As a Foundation Trust, we are held to account by our Members who, acting through our Council of Governors, offer constructive challenge to the Trust Board on important issues which matter to our members.

The Council of Governors consists of elected and nominated governors who provide an important link between the Trust, local people and key stakeholder organisations by sharing information and views that can be used to develop and improve patient services.

All Foundation Trusts are required to have a Council of Governors, which carries out a range of legal functions on behalf of the members of the Trust including:

  • Appointing the Chair
  • Appointing the Non-Executive Directors
  • Appointing the Auditors
  • Being involved in the setting the plans for the Trust
  • Holding an Annual Members' Meeting
  • Approving the Trust's Constitution
  • Holding the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • Approving the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • Representing members' interests and bringing these to bear on strategy decisions
  • Approving significant transactions
  • Inputting into the development of the annual plan
  • Receiving the annual report and accounts and the auditors opinion on them

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