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.

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  - How we work with local and regional partners and the public: NHS Trusts