Help shape the future of Royal Surrey

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Trust Chairman John Denning

There is an opportunity for you to play a key role in the hospital’s future by standing to become a governor.

A number of vacancies are available in the following public constituencies:

East Hants – 1

Elmbridge – 1

Mole Valley – 1

Public and patient governors are elected for a term of three years to serve on the Council of Governors, representing the interests of foundation trust members and the public.

The Council of Governors, comprising 32 publicly elected and appointed members, holds the hospital’s board of directors to account for their performance and plays a key role in forming the Trust’s strategy.

John Denning, Trust Chairman, said: “Governors bring a wealth of expertise, experience and ideas which are essential to ensuring the effective development of our Trust moving forwards.

“They ensure that the Trust is managed appropriately and they have a number of key responsibilities including the appointment of the Chairman, Non-Executive Directors and External Auditors, and holding the Board to account. They are vital in representing the interests of our patients and the public.”

If you want to be part of this by becoming a governor you don’t need any special experience; just enthusiasm, time and a genuine interest in the work of the trust.

However you must be a member of the foundation trust aged 16 or over and live within the constituency you represent.

For further information about the elections and becoming a governor, click here.

Alternatively contact Joanne Green, Company Secretary, on 01483 571122 ext 2318 for an informal chat or email: j.green7@nhs.net

But don’t delay – the closing date for nominations is 5pm Thursday 17 November 2016.

Why do we have governors?

Being a Foundation Trust hospital means we are accountable to the people we serve. As a member you are able to elect governors to represent your views about how we can best serve your interests. By being a member or a governor you can be sure your voice will be heard.

What do governors do?

Governors have a number of statutory roles such as appointing the Trust Chairman and the Non-Executive Directors and being responsible for the Constitution of the Trust, which sets out the governance guidance under which the hospital must be managed.

One of the governors’ main responsibilities is to communicate with the members, making sure their views are fed back to the hospital Directors and Managers. Governors also act as ambassadors and to promote the Trust in their communities.

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