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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 by clicking here.

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.
Email Georgina.Holmes@wsh.nhs.uk

 

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 17 June
  • Tuesday 21 September (Annual Members Meeting)
  • Wednesday 13 October
  • Thursday 16 December
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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: governors@wsh.nhs.uk

 

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: 

Public - Governors elected by our public members (including our patients and their carers)who must live in the county of Suffolk. This is made up of 14 people. 

Staff - Governors elected by our staff members who come from all staff groups including volunteers. This is made up of 5 people. 

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 and West Suffolk CCG. This is made up of 7 people. 

 

Our current Governors by constituency

Public. 

Florence Bevan

Allen Drain*

Keith Foss*

Robin Howe

Mark Krempel

Ben Lord

Roy Mawford

Jayne Neal

Adrian Osborne

Joe Pajak

Margaret Rutter

Jane Skinner

Liz Steele

Clive Wilson

 

*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. 

 

Staff

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) n 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