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Your chance to help shape mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is looking for eight new Governors, with an interest in mental wellbeing, to represent the views of local people and help shape its future.

The seats open for election are: three Public Governors in Norfolk, three Public Governors in Suffolk, one Service User Governor in Norfolk and one Staff Governor.

The successful candidates will be part of the Council, which is responsible for a number of important duties, such as holding the Non-executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board and representing the interests of the membership of the Trust and the community it serves.

They will join the Trust's Council of Governors, which is made up of the Trust Chair, 23 elected Governors across its six constituencies, with Governors holding a three-year tenure, and six appointed Governors.

The Governors meet six times a year in public and hold special themed events. They also attend governor sub-groups and forums, as well as local and regional events, speaking to the people they represent and the wider public.

Jean Clark, 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 help 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 interested in standing for election:

  • Ipswich: Friday, 13 September 2019, 4pm-5.30pm
  • Norwich: Thursday, 19 September 2019, 6pm-7.30pm

To book a place, contact Andrea Goldsmith at or call 01603 421291. If you are interested but unable to attend, contact Andrea to arrange an informal discussion.

You can also find out more on our website here:

Nominations open on Friday, 20 September 2019 and close at 5pm on Friday, 18 October 2019, with any notice of candidate withdrawal to be received by 5pm on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. 

The elections launch on Monday, 11 November 2019 and voting runs until 5pm on Wednesday, 4 December 2019.

The results will be announced on Thursday, 5 December 2019, here:

How to get a nomination form

Nomination forms are available only from Civica Election Services (CES) from Friday, 20 September 2019. (It is not necessary to attend an information session to get a form and stand for election).


T: 0208 889 9203


Post: Civica Election Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

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