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Local people are invited to stand for election to become a public governor

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

  • Central and Southern Wiltshire
  • Northern Wiltshire
  • West Berkshire, Oxford, Gloucestershire, Bath and NE Somerset

Applications for the Governor positions will be open on Thursday 2 September, and close on Thursday 30 September.

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.

How to apply

Interested applicants should visit, where you will be able to complete a nomination online.

If anyone would like a hard copy nomination form, please contact the Returning Officer, Sonali Campion:

Tel: 020 8889 9203


By post:

Civica Election Services
33 Clarendon Road
London N8 0NW

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