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Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is the collective body that supports and advises the executive and non-executive directors of the Trust. It works closely with the Trust Board to make sure services are meeting the needs of the local community.

The Council of Governors consists of 25 governors who gather the views of the hospital's members and give them a voice at the highest level of the organisation. These representatives have certain roles and responsibilities and must carry out statutory duties.

For further details of the Council of Governors please contact the foundation trust manager, Georgina Holmes:

Telephone: 01284 713224.


Thank you to everyone who stood for our public and staff governor posts. To view the election results for 2017 please click here

2020 meeting dates 

Open (Public) session commences 5.30 – 7.30pm, Northgate Room, Quince House. 

Tuesday 11 February

Wednesday 6 May (Please note, this meeting will be held via video conferencing)

Tuesday 11 August (Please note, this meeting will be held via video conferencing).

Annual members meeting - Tuesday 22 September - (Please note the AMM will be held via video conferencing). 

Wednesday 11 November (Please note, this meeting will be held via video conferencing).

Council of governors papers

To view an archive of previous Board papers please click here.

Role of a governor

Governors' duties and powers include

  • Informing strategic direction
  • Membership strategy
  • Championing public and staff engagement
  • Appoint chair and non-executive directors
  • Approve appointment of chief executive
  • Agree remuneration of non-executive directors
  • Receive Trust’s annual report, annual accounts, appoint  external auditors

Our council of governors is broken down into the following groups

Constituency/groupDescriptionNumber of Governors

Public (Suffolk)

Governors elected by our public members (including our patients and their carers)who must live in the county of Suffolk.




Governors elected by our staff members who come from all staff groups including volunteers.



Partner organisations

Governors nominated to represent the following organisations:

Suffolk County Council

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

University of Cambridge

West Suffolk College

Friends of West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk CCG











Our current Governors by constituency


Peter Alder

Mary Allan

Florence Bevan

June Carpenter

Justine Corney

Jayne Gilbert

Gordon Mckay

Barry Moult

Jayne Neal

Adrian Osbourne

Joe Pajak

Jane Skinner

Liz Steele

Robin Howe


Peta Cook

Javed Imam

Amanda Keighley

Garry Sharp

Martin Wood

Partner Governors

Sara Mildmay-White

St Edmundsbury Borough Council (also representing Forest Health District Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and Babergh District Council)


Dr Mark Gurnell

University of Cambridge


Laraine Moody

West Suffolk College (also representing University Campus Suffolk)


Cllr Beccy Hopfensperger

Suffolk County Council


Dr Andrew Hassan

GP member, West Suffolk CCG


Judy Cory

Friends of West Suffolk Hospital


In accordance with the Trust’s constitution, if a vacancy arises for an elected Governor the Trust may, instead of holding a by-election, fill the vacancy by appointing the highest polling unsuccessful candidate at the most recent election of governors for the constituency or class in respect of which the vacancy has arisen. Any person so appointed shall hold office for the unexpired term of office of the retiring Governor.