Governors Council

Our governors are appointed for a 3 year term to represent the views of local people and work closely with the Board of Directors advising them on issues such as priorities for forward planning. They also have key responsibilities including:

  • holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • representing the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • the appointment and removal of the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors

They are a group of interested and committed members of the Trust who are elected by other members from our member base. Their appointments are split into public and staff constituencies to ensure that all groups across the County are represented. There are geographical constituencies for public and staff and a number of governors who are appointed by our key partners, such as Cumbria County Council.

These governors come together as a Governors Council which holds meetings throughout the year and works with the Board of Directors in carrying out their key functions and responsibilities. Agendas and Minutes of these meetings can be accessed here. The meetings are open to the public so it is a good way to meet them and find out what they do.

Governors have a duty to serve the public and members by taking up opportunities and training that will assist them to scrutinise closely the workings and operations of the Trust.

To get in touch with your local governor please email or phone 01228 603761.

Election to the Governors 2017

We will be opening nominations for governor vacancies on 17 July 2017 and closing on 14 August 2017.  Watch this space for further detials.

We are looking for enthusiastic people to nominate themselves as a candidate in the elections. You then write a short piece about what you are passionate about. Then the vote begins!
Governors are a really important part of a Foundation Trust and are able to contribute their views and ideas for the Trust’s future plans and priorities, as well as holding the Non-Executive Directors’ (NEDs) to account for the Board performance. Being a Governor is also a great way to engage with your community and learn more about local health services provided in your area.

This is your chance to have a say in what is happening to our communities and to feedback member and public views to the Board of Directors. We need your fresh ideas to do this better.

A register of declared interests of our Governors is available here: Governors' Declaration of Interests

Dame Gill Morgan, Chair of NHS Providers talks about the importance of governors in this video

Care Quality Commission publish new guidance for Foundation Trust Governors (Dec 2015)

It describes CQC inspections of NHS foundation trusts and how they engage with councils of governors. People using services are at the heart of quality improvement and councils of governors play a key role in representing the public interest and holding trust services to account on their behalf.

At the 2015 Annual Members Meeting Lead Governor Jane Smith and Deputy Lead Governor Dr Barrie Walker were interviewed by Dr John Howarth (executive director in the Trust) to find out what our governors priorities are for the next year.

Public Governors, Dr Brian Scroggie (Carlisle) and Barbara Hepburn (Allerdale) talk about their governor role (2015) 

Join us at our Annual Members’ Meeting

Join us at our Annual Members’ Meeting

Thursday 1st September at Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith

Recent MembersNet meeting highlights the importance of a population health approach

Recent MembersNet meeting highlights the importance of a population health approach

Members of the Trust recently had the opportunity to ask the Trust Board how the future of healthcare

Lead Governor Re-Elected

Lead Governor Re-Elected

Jane Smith has been re-elected as Lead Governor for the Trust

Members inspired by Trust’s biggest ever Annual Members Meeting

Trust-wide News Members inspired by Trust’s biggest ever Annual Members Meeting

Over 300 members were entertained, informed and inspired at the 2014 Annual Members Meeting. Films available from the day.