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Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is calling for members of the public to consider standing for election to become a Governor of the Trust.  It’s an exciting time to become a Governor with the Trust having a place on the New Hospital Programme and beginning plans for securing its future.

Nominations open on 1 February and the Trust is looking for applications for three Public Governor seats in the electoral areas of Bingley Rural, Craven, and Keighley West and Worth Valley.  Towns and villages included in those constituencies are:

Bingley Rural: Cottingley, Cullingworth, Denholme (including Denholme Gate and Denholme Clough), Harden, Wilsden.

Craven: Addingham, Eastburn, Silsden, Steeton.

Keighley West areas: Bogthorn, Bracken Bank, Braithwaite, Exley Head, Ingrow, Laycock.   Worth Valley areas: Crossroads, Haworth, Leeming, Newsholme, Oakworth, Oldfield, Oxenhope, Stanbury.

The Trust has 20 Governors on the Council of Governors:  Twelve are Public Governors, who each represent the area where they live, four Staff Governors who represent their staff group and four Appointed Governors who represent other partner organisations, such as local councils.

The Council of Governors operates as a key link between the Trust’s Board of Directors and the communities served by the Trust.

Governors not only represent the views of local people at meetings, they observe Board and Committee meetings, give their views regarding the Trust’s annual plan, approve the appointment of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors, attend informal monthly meetings with the Chair and other members of the Board to hear about the hospital and get invited to take part in other activities such as supporting the work of the hospital charity in their local communities.

In the last year they’ve also been involved in a range of activities from gathering feedback from outpatient users to the recruitment of a Non-Executive Director.

Karen Ellison, 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:

“It’s an exciting time to become a Governor of the Trust, as we develop a new hospital on our Steeton site to provide world class, sustainable health care facilities for the future.”

“We would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in healthcare, is able to attend and contribute both in person and remotely and who has the time to get involved as a Governor.”

Anyone who permanently lives in one of the Public constituencies with a vacancy mentioned above, who is a Public Member and who is aged 16 or over can stand as a Governor.

To apply to be a Governor fill in the nomination form online at www.cesvotes.com/airedale2024 by 29 February 2024.  If you prefer a paper copy, these can be requested from the elections company and returned by post.

There is more information on the Governors page of the Trust website here.

For further information regarding the role of a Governor, please email:anhsft.members@nhs.net or telephone phone 01535 294540 or to see the video of Lead Governor Karen explaining the role click here.

The Trust currently holds many of the Governor meetings online though the formal meetings – the quarterly Council of Governor meetings and the Annual Members’ Meeting – are held face to face and it is important that Governors attend these in person.  Anyone who is planning to become a Governor must be able to make such a commitment and the Trust will reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

All Governors have to be members of the Trust which is a simple registration process for anyone who is not already a member.  You can apply to be a member via the online form https://secure.membra.co.uk/Join/Airedale

The Trust serves a diverse population, is committed to inclusivity and encourages nominations from across the community, especially under-represented groups.

Governor nominations open on 1 February and the list of nominated candidates will be published on 1 March after which the polls will open for any contested seats. The results will be announced on the Trust website on 19 April.

The Trust also has nominations open for a Staff Governor, representing Doctors and Dentists.