Notice of Election: Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's Council of Governors

Posted: July 24, 2020

Local people are invited to stand for election

Local people are invited to stand for election to become a public governor of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, for the following constituencies:

  • One seat within Southern Wiltshire
  • One seat within Gloucestershire, Bath and NE Somerset

For more details, please see Further information below.

The Council of Governors is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds, who all have one thing in common: the continued development of the Trust.

The Trust has 12,000 members and is directly accountable to the people of Swindon and the surrounding area.

It's free and easy to become a member and anyone aged over 18 years old who is a Trust member can put themselves forward for election.

There is no experience or particular skills necessary to become a public governor, however potential candidates should:

  • Have an interest in healthcare and the strategic issues affecting the Trust
  • Contribute towards the future plans of the Trust
  • Act and behave in the interests of the Trust
  • Represent the views of local people
  • Help to develop the Membership of the Trust.                                                                                   

Public governors are part of the Council of Governors, which is also made up of staff governors and appointed governors.

The Council meets quarterly and is responsible for holding the Board of Directors to account.

The Trust's Governors provide an important link between the Trust, local people and local organisations by sharing information and views that are used to improve patient services.

They are also directly involved in appointing the Chair and Non-Executive Directors, approving the appointment of Chief Executive, providing input into the annual plan and representing members' interests.

Applications for the Governor positions will be open on 24 July, and close on 10 August.

How to apply

Please complete the online application form ( or contact:

Tel: 0208 889 9203

There are usually five Council of Governors meetings per year and optional working groups focusing on patient experience, finance, membership and training for governors to attend.

The time commitment should not be more than one day a month.

Further information and enquiries

Please see Governors: Elections.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marion Paclibar
Membership & Governance Administrator
Tel: 01793 604173

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