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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.
Email Georgina.Holmes@wsh.nhs.uk

Elections

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

2018 meeting dates 

Open (Public) session commences 5.30 – 8.00pm 

Wednesday 21 February

Thursday 17 May 

Thursday 9 August

Wednesday 14 November - Meeting to held in the Northgate Room, Quince House

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.

 

14

Staff

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

 

5

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

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

Total

25

Our current Governors by constituency

Constituency/GroupGovernors
Public

Peter Alder

Mary Allan

Florence Bevan

June Carpenter

Justine Corney

Jayne Gilbert

Gordon Mckay

Barry Moult

Jayne Neal

Adrian Osbourne

Joe Pajak

Margaret Rutter

Jane Skinner

Liz Steele

Staff

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.