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 addition

  • 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.