Elections to the Council of Governors

We have an exciting opportunity for eight people with an interest in mental health to join our Council of Governors. 

Nominations open on 20 September and close on 18 October 2021. 

If you are interested and want to know more, please attend one of our information sessions or contact our Corporate Governance Manager by emailing governors@nsft.nhs.uk or calling 01603 421291. 

You can find out more by reading the following document: 

Information about standing for election to be a Governor in 2021.pdf [pdf] 120KB

Formal documents

Independent company Civica Election Services (CES) runs the elections for the Council of Governors.

Notice of Election 2021.pdf [pdf] 262KB

Election to the Council of Governors - click here to complete your online nomination form

Please direct all enquiries to the Returning Officer, Ciara Norris. Call 020 8889 9203 or email ciara.norris@cesvotes.com 

Rules and regulations for elections to the Council of Governors

Elections to the Council of Governors take place every year for those governors who have come to the end of the​ir term, or w​ho have stopped being a governor during the previous year. Governors are usually elected for three-year terms, starting on 1 February. They can be re-elected twice, serving up to nine years.

Our Constitution contains the rules for elections and the circumstances under which a person cann​ot stand as a Governor. These elections take place under the Department of Health's model rules for elections.

Members can only stand as a Governor for the constituency of which they are a member (that is, staff members can only be Staff Governors). 

CES sends ballot papers to all members in the constituencies where seats are being contested, to vote on who should represent them. 

For the election regulations and information about the Trust, please contact Jean Clark, Trust Secretary. Call 01603 421233 or email jean.clark@nsft.nhs.uk.

Information on the Council and the role of the Governor

The Council represents the interests of our Foundation Trust members and partner organisations. They feed back information to the members who elected or appointed them. 

Governors must act in the best interest of the Trust and in accordance with the seven principles of public life – the Nolan Principles: 

  • selflessness
  • integrity 
  • objectivity 
  • accountability 
  • openness
  • honesty 
  • leadership

The Council meets six times a year in public and Governors should attend these meetings. There are also subgroups of the Council.

​If you would like to stand as a Governor, we hope the following information​ is useful:


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