Council of Governors


What is a governor?

Foundation Trust governors are direct representatives of local communities, made up of staff, patients/public and partner organisations governors.

The Trust’s Council of Governors represents the interests of its public members and the public. Governors are expected to engage with them about the Trust’s performance and forward plan.

The Council of Governors is made up of:

  • 18 elected public governors
    • Four for Colchester
    • Five for rest of Essex
    • Four for Ipswich
    • Five for rest of Suffolk
  • Six elected staff governors
    • Three for Colchester and rest of Essex based staff
    • Three for Ipswich and Suffolk based staff
  • Eight or nine appointed Stakeholder Governors

Role and responsibility of the Council of Governors

The Council of Governors has both statutory and non-statutory duties. They meet on a quarterly basis and have an Annual Members Meeting.

In summary, their role and responsibilities:

  • Governors listen to ideas and views from public and staff
  • Their influence evolves by discussion with the Board of Directors
  • Governors have no operational influence but are instrumental in bringing a local perspective to planning and development of services
  • Governors represent their local communities
  • Governors report back to people about Council of Governor meetings
  • Governors work together to advice and influence how the Trust develops and improves its services
  • The Council of Governors appoint the chair and non-executive directors
  • Approves the appointment of the chief executive
  • Appoints the trust’s auditors
  • Makes recommendations for the revision of the trust’s constitution
  • Receives and comments on trust’s annual plan
  • Obtains and bring views of community to the trust
  • Votes on significant transactions affecting the future of the trust (e.g. mergers, acquisitions, separation or dissolution)
  • Hold the Trust Board to account based on the above

We care, do you?

Becoming a member of our foundation trust gives you the opportunity to get involved in decisions that affect the services that we provide to you and your family. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 16 who lives in our area.

To find out more, or to contact a governor or the Trust Secretary, email  or phone 01206 742 347.



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