Hospital seeks local people for council of governors

Posted on March 6, 2017 by AireAdmin No Comments

Anyone seeking to become more involved in how Airedale Hospital is run by becoming one of its governors, is invited to a drop-in session to find out what it involves.

The drop-in session will be held at the hospital on Friday 31 March 10.30am to 12.30pm in The Lounge, Education Centre, Airedale Hospital.

At the session you will be able to find out more information about the role of the governor, the election process and have the opportunity to ask questions and meet some of the current governors. Staff will be on hand to explain how to fill in a nomination form.  Tea and coffee will be provided.

Governors have an important role to play and act as a link between the hospital Board of Directors and the public.

Michael Luger, chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Most people become governors as they are interested in putting something back into their community.  Their role is to represent the interests of the public and members and so need to devote time to finding out what they think.  Governors also need to make sure the non-executive directors account for the performance of the Board by asking the right questions and considering reports on how the trust is working.”

Elections will be held this year for the following public governor seats:

Name of constituency Areas in this constituency
Keighley Central Utley, Knowle Park and Cliffe Castle
Keighley West Laycock, Braithwaite, Fell Lane, Exley Head and Bracken Bank
Rest of England All areas outside our natural hospital boundary.

Some of the things that our governors have done over the past year include:

  • approved the appointment of non-executive directors;
  • approved the appointment of the external auditor; and
  • promoted membership of the Foundation Trust and the role of governors through attending community events.

To book a place or to find out more please telephone the membership office on 01535 294540 or email

Airedale Hospital has 24 governors who sit on the council of governors:

  • 16 are public governors, who each represent a local area, based on local authority constituencies
  • four are staff governors – who each represent a staff group
  • four are appointed governors – who represent other partner organisations, such as local councils

The public and staff governors are elected by foundation trust members each year.


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