What is the Council of Governors

Airedale Hospital was authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust, with effect from 1 June 2010. This means we have much more freedom to make sure our future plans best meet the unique needs of our local community; we can retain any extra money we generate to invest in new services; and can borrow money to support these investments.

Foundation Trusts are accountable to their members via a body known as the Council of Governors, which works closely with the Trust’s Board of Directors to develop strategy and plans. Governors also create relationships between the Trust and the community we serve by acting as a link between the Trust and members of the public.

The Council of Governors plays an important role in the future of the Trust and is made up of members of the public elected from the electoral constituencies in which they reside. It also includes elected staff members, plus representatives appointed from other organisations such as local councils and voluntary and business partners. Click here to find out who’s who on our Council.

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 CravenSettle 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 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