What do Governors do?

As a Foundation Trust, EPUT is responsible to the local community. Our members elect Governors to appoint the Chair and the Non-Executive Directors, and hold them accountable for the Board’s actions. 

The Council of Governors is a key part of a ‘can do’ organisation and acts as a link between our members and the Board of Directors. Together, the Board and Council ‘drive’ the Trust ensuring that we provide quality services and the highest standards of care. Governors have no operational influence and are not about ‘rubber stamping’ decisions made by the Board of Directors. The Council advises the Board of public opinion and acts as guardians of the public interest.  Public Governors develop links between their local community and EPUT.  This ensures we remain rooted in, and responsive to, our communities’ needs.

What skills do I need?

We aim to have Governors who are representative of all walks of life; you don’t need special skills to become an effective Governor. You need to be passionate about the NHS, care about your local services, wish to represent the views of local people in your community and most importantly have the time to do so. We will provide training for the successful candidate and support to help you carry out your role.

Who can become a Governor?

Only members of EPUT may become Governors and must be aged 16 or over at the nomination date. You can become a member by contacting the Trust Secretary Office on Freephone 0800 023 2059 or email epunft.membership@nhs.net.