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Council of Governors

As a foundation trust, EPUT is held accountable by our local community though our membership.

Governors play an important role in our Trust, as members of our Council of Governors they reflect the views of the Trust’s members, appoint the Trust Chair and the Non-Executive Directors, promote and support the Trust’s strategy, hold the Board’s Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board, and help the Trust to decide its future direction. 

The Council of Governors work together closely with the Board of Directors. However, governors are not involved in day-to-day management such as budget setting, staffing issues or other operational matters. Find out more about the role of a governor on our Information about Governors page.

Governors are volunteers. They are appointed by partner and stakeholder organisations or elected by the trust’s staff and public members. All Governors hold terms of office as set out in the Trust’s constitution; this is normally for a period of up to three years with a maximum of three terms in office. Governors are eligible to stand again for election or appointment following a break of at least a year.

The Council of Governors is made up of

  • Public governors who represent their own constituency;
  • Staff governors who represent staff from their own professional background;
  • Appointed governors who represent stakeholder organisations such as the local council or local charities.

The Council of Governors holds four formal meetings each year, plus an annual members’ meeting and general public meetings. These meetings are open to the public.

Find out which of our governors represents your local community and how to get in touch on our Meet your Governors page.

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