Lead Governor Re-Elected

Jane Smith, Staff Governor for Allerdale & Copeland, has been re-elected unopposed as Lead Governor for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Jane Smith said:

“I am thrilled to have been re-elected and am committed to ensuring that, in these next 3 years, we are engaging with our communities and working to ensure that people in Cumbria are living happier, healthier and more hopeful lives.
“Governors help the Trust to hear the patient voice in our respective localities so we can all work together to develop the best quality healthcare. As a carer for a son with chronic ill-health, I understand the importance of listening to patients, the public and frontline staff when making decisions about healthcare provision.”


Governors are members who are elected by their peers and are appointed for a 3-year term to represent the views of local people. Governors are elected for each locality and split according to ‘public’ and ‘staff’ to ensure that people across the county, both within and outside the Trust, are represented.

Mike Taylor, Chair of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“I am very pleased that Jane has been re-elected as Lead Governor. Over the past 3 years she has shown great skills and has been a vital link; making sure that issues brought up by the Governors are not only heard by the Trust Board, but acted on.”


Governors have a key role in finding out what staff and members think about the Trust. They then use this knowledge to help inform the priorities of the CEO and the Board of Directors. They also hold the Non-Executive Directors to account, have a key role in their election and work with them to implement improvements to services.

The election for Deputy Lead Governor is currently taking place and the successful candidate will be announced on 22nd December 2014. The nominees are Dr Barrie Walker, Public Governor for Copeland, and Lesley Flood, Public Governor for South Lakeland.

Please visit www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk/members.htm to find out how you can become a member and get involved.