Our Governors

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Council of Governors elections 2024: Voting is now open

At Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust, our governors play an important role in understanding and championing the needs of patients, families, carers and staff, helping us to make sure our services meet the needs of people in the communities we serve. 

Find out more about our Council of Governors and what they do on our Council of Governors pages.

What seats are up for election this year?

We have been holding elections across the following public and staff constituencies:

  • Chichester
  • Guildford
  • Mole Valley
  • East Hampshire
  • Waverley
  • Woking
  • Rest of England

Nominations for this election are now closed. Read the Statement of Nominated Candidates.

View the uncontested constituencies.

What do governors do?

Our governors play an important role in understanding and championing the needs of patients, families, carers and staff, helping us to make sure our services meet the needs of people in the communities we serve. 

Find out more about our Council of Governors and what they do on our Council of Governors pages.

Why become a governor?

The many benefits of becoming a governor include:

  • An opportunity to influence the development of an important public service provider.
  • The chance to meet fellow members and represent their interests and opinions.
  • Gain an insight into the goals, challenges and achievements of a large NHS Trust.
  • Develop new skills and improve your CV.
  • Meet new people and learn more about hospital life.

Who can become a governor?

To apply to be a governor, you must be aged 16 or above and a member of our Foundation Trust (if you aren’t a member already, it’s free and easy to sign up). Formal qualifications and prior experience are not needed but, as a governor, you will need a strong commitment to working within your local community and with our Trust to help us improve our healthcare services.

Find out more what we expect from our governors by reading our  Governor Role Profile .  

How to apply to become a governor

Elections for new governors are open now and close on 22 January 2024 at 5pm. If you are passionate about supporting healthcare in your community, you can nominate yourself as a public governor by:

1) Becoming a member: anyone can become a member by completing our online membership form

2) Visiting our nomination page and completing the online self-nomination form .

To nominate yourself as a staff governor, you must be on a permanent employment contract with our Trust. As a member of staff you are already a member, so go straight to our nomination page and complete the online form.

Terms of office 

The Trust constitution states that a governor is elected for a period of three years, and may be re-elected for three consecutive terms (nine consecutive years).

To be eligible to stand for election and/or vote, you must be a member of the Trust before the close of nominations. All members will receive information about how to stand and/or vote for election by email or in the post.

Voting

Voting opened on Tuesday 13 February 2024 and closes on Thursday 7 March 2024.

It is important that your voice is heard and we hope all members that belong to the above constituencies will vote in the elections.

Results will be announced on Friday 8 March 2024.

For more information about the governor role and the election process, please visit our election website

Find out more

Watch our Teams event to find out more about becoming a governor and our governor elections.