Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is encouraging local people with an interest in mental health to consider standing for election as a Governor and help drive through further improvements on behalf of service users.The Trust is currently looking for seven new Governors to represent the views of local people and help shape its future. The seats open for election in this round are three Public Governors in Norfolk, three Public Governors in Suffolk and one Service User Governor in Norfolk.The successful candidates will be responsible for holding NSFT’s Non-Executive Directors to account, while acting as a key link between the Trust and the communities it serves.The Governors meet six times a year in public and hold two special themed events annually. They also attend sub-groups and committees, as well as visiting services and speaking to staff.The successful candidates will join the Trust’s Council of Governors, which is made up of 23 seats across its six constituencies, with Governors holding three-year tenure. Robert Nesbitt, Company Secretary, said: “Our Governors play a vital role at NSFT by representing the views of local people, hosting important public engagement events and appointing our Non-Executive Directors.“Elected Governors come from all walks of life and share an interest in mental wellbeing and a desire to see NSFT develop and thrive.
“We would encourage anyone who thinks they have the time, skills and commitment to carry out this important role to come along to one of our information sessions and find out more.”The Trust is holding two information sessions for anyone who is interested in the role:
Wednesday, 26 October 2016, 2 – 3.30pm
The Dereham Room, Hellesdon Hospital, Drayton High Road, Norwich NR6 5BE
Friday, 28 October 2016, 3 – 4.30pm
Britten Room, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BS
Anyone who would like to book a place should contact Assistant Company Secretary, Kate Hope via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01603 421291. People who are interested but unable to attend, should contact Kate Hope to arrange an informal discussion. The elections launch on Wednesday, 2 November. The closing date for nominations is noon on Thursday, 17 November with any notice of candidate withdrawal to be received by Tuesday, 22 November. Voting runs until Thursday, 29 December. The results will be announced on Friday 30, December at: www.nsft.nhs.ukNomination forms will only be available from 2 November from: Ciara NorrisElectoral Reform Services LtdThe Election Centre33 Clarendon RoadLondon N8 0NW020 8889 email@example.com