Interested in being a governor?

Posted on February 24, 2020 by AireAdmin

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is calling for anyone aged 16 or over to consider standing for election to become a Governor of the Trust.  The Trust has one Public Governor seat available in each of the following constituency areas:

  • Bingley
  • Settle and Mid Craven
  • Rest of England (this constituency covers all areas other than Keighley, the whole of Craven and Wharfedale).

The Trust will be holding two events so that those people interested in becoming a Governor can learn more about the role.  These are taking place on:

  • Monday, 9 March at 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm in Meeting Room 5, Education Centre, Airedale General Hospital.
  • Monday, 16 March at 10.00 am – 11.30 am in Meeting Room 7, Education Centre, Airedale General Hospital.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has 20 governors who sit on the council of governors, 12 are public governors, who each represent a local area, 4 are staff governors who each represent a staff group and 4 are appointed governors who represent other partner organisations, such as local councils.  Governors act as a link between the hospital Board of Directors and the public and are elected by the Trust’s members. 

Jerry Stanford, Lead Governor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“Our Governors hold the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors by asking questions about the Trust’s performance, services and plans.  We invite local people to tell us what they think about the Trust’s services and we represent their views at Council of Governor meetings.  It is a rewarding position and can give you great satisfaction.“

Andrew Gold, Chair at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“The governors represent the interests of members and the public following feedback received through their involvement in a variety of activities.  These include events at the hospital and within the community as well as attendance at community networks and meetings. Governors observe the Public Board and Committee meetings.  They also attend joint meetings with the Board of Directors to consider the Trust’s Annual Plan and approve the appointment of our Non-Executive Directors.   We would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in healthcare and the time to get involved as a Governor.”

For further information contact the Membership Office, email members@anhst.nhs.uk or phone 01535 294540.