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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 Governor meeting papers will be posted on this page a few days before each meeting. You will be able to watch a live stream of the meeting below.


The Council of Governors consists of 26 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.


2021 meeting dates 

Members of the public are normally invited to attend and observe Council of Governor meetings. However, while social distancing requirements are in place our meetings are being held virtually. 

The agenda and papers will be posted on this page a few days before each meeting, together with information on how you can observe the virtual meeting.   Unless otherwise stated meetings take place from 5.30pm until approximately 7.30pm.

  • Thursday 11 February
  • Wednesday 12 May
  • Thursday 12 August
  • Tuesday 21 September (Annual Members Meeting)
  • Wednesday 17 November


Council of governors papers

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


Contact the governors

If you wish to contact any of our governors please email:


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

West Suffolk Council 

University of Cambridge

West Suffolk College

Friends of West Suffolk Hospital

West Suffolk CCG (2)











Our current Governors by constituency


Gordon Baynes

Florence Bevan

Derek Blackman

Robin Howe

Mark Krempel

Ben Lord

Roy Mawford

Jayne Neal

Adrian Osborne

Joe Pajak

Margaret Rutter

Jane Skinner

Liz Steele

Clive Wilson


Rachel Darrah

Sarah Judge

Amanda Keighley

Sarah-Jane Relf

Martin Wood

Partner Governors

Sarah Steele

  • Friends of West Suffolk Hospital


Cllr Carol Bull

  • West Suffolk Council 

in consultation with 

Mid Suffolk District Council 

Babergh District Council


Cllr Rebecca Hopfensperger

- Suffolk County Council


Dr Thomas Pulimood

  • University of Cambridge


Dr Andrew Hassan

  • West Suffolk CCG (2 seats)

in consultation with local GPs and West Suffolk Alliance Partners


Laraine Moody

  • West Suffolk College

in consultation with University of Suffolk


To be confirmed:

  • West Suffolk CCG (2nd seat)


in consultation with local GPs and West Suffolk Alliance Partners

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.