Council of Governors Duties
What are the statutory powers and duties of the Council of Governors?
- Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Chair.
- Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the other Non-Executive Directors.
- Decide the remuneration and allowances, and the other terms and conditions of office, of the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors.
- Approve the appointment of the Chief Executive. Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Trust’s auditors.
- Receive the Trust’s annual accounts, and report to the auditor on them and the annual report.
- In preparing the Trust’s forward plan, the Board of Directors must have regard to the views of the Council of Governors.
Other duties are likely to include:
holding constituency meetings to communicate with members and understand members views;
patient and service user liaison regarding patient experience;
providing a Governor perspective on Trust performance such as the healthcare standards declaration;
developing and reviewing the membership strategy, ensuring representation and engagement levels are maintained and increased as appropriate;
working with other representative bodies such as Health Watch (formerly LINks);
working with hospital volunteers;
giving talks to interested stakeholders.