Interested in being a Governor?

All members can stand for election to represent the area they live in.  We have divided the areas into ‘constituencies’ based on your postcode, similar to what happens in a local council election. Our constituencies are:

Bingley – Bingley
Bingley Rural – Bingley Rural
Craven – Craven
Ilkley and Wharfedale – Ilkley and Wharfedale

Keighley Central and East – Keighley Central and Keighley East

Keighley West and Worth Valley – Keighley West and Worth Valley
Rest of England – All areas other than those in Bingley, Rural Bingley, Craven, Ilkley and Wharfedale, Keighley Central/East, Keighley West and Worth Valley, Settle and Mid Craven, Skipton, South Craven, West Craven, Pendle East and Colne
Settle and Mid Craven – Settle and Ribblebanks, Gargrave and Malhamdale,  Hellifield, Long Preston, Bentham, Ingelton and Clapham and Pen y Ghent
Skipton – Skipton East, Skipton North, Skipton South, Skipton West, Embsay and Eastby, Grassington, Upper Wharfedale and Barden Fell
South Craven – Aire Valley and Lothersdale, Cowling, Glusburn, Carleton, Sutton in Craven

West Craven – Coates and Earby

Pendle East and Colne – Barrowford, Boulsworth, Foulridge, Horsfield, Vivary Bridge and Waterside

The role of the Council of Governors

We want our Council of Governors to have a real and substantial role, creating relationships between us and the community we serve.  Our governors play a very important role in the Trust. They act as a link between Foundation Trust members, the public and the Board of Directors.

The main duties of the Council of Governors are:

  • to hold the Non Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • to represent the views of members, public and staff in the governance of the Trust 
  • to regularly feedback information about the Trust’ its vision and its performance to its members, the public and the stakeholder organisations that either elected or appointed them

We have produced a booklet regarding the role of governor and this is available here The Role of a Governor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

If you need more information please contact the Membership Office on 01535 294540 our via email

Further information about the Role of Governor

NHS Improvement (formally known as Monitor), the independent regulator, on the role of governors that you may find useful:

For more information on the elections click here.