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Governor Elections 2014

Notice of Election - Staff - Nursing/Midwife

Download the Notice of Election here.

Election Results 2014

Today (11 April 2014) we announce the results of our elections to 21 governor posts.

The 16 public governors and five staff governors will join six stakeholder governors on the Council of Governors at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. Six constituencies were contested and the following candidates were successful (full results further down the page):

The following people have joined the Council of Governors unopposed:

Election Results 2014

The full election results for the following constituencies:

Colchester (Public - pdf icon Colchester Results

Tendring (Public) - pdf icon Tendring Results

Support Staff - pdf icon Support Staff Results

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It's been three years since the Trust held its last full governor elections.

Public and staff members had until 5pm on 28 February to decide if they wanted to stand for election as one of 21 governors at our NHS trust.

pdf icon Notice of Poll

pdf icon Declaration of Candidates Elected Without Contest

pdf icon Statement of Persons Nominated

Notice of Elections 2014

Notice is given that Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust will be holding elections to its Council of Governors in the following Constituencies:

Public - ColchesterFive
Public - TendringFive
Public - Halstead and Colne ValleyThree
Public - Rest of EssexOne
Public - SuffolkOne
Staff - Allied Healthcare Professionals/ Healthcare ScientistsOne
Staff - Medical/Dental PractitionersOne
Staff - Nurse/MidwifeTwo
Staff - Support StaffTwo

Nomination forms

Download the Notice of Elections here.

You will need to complete a nomination form and return it to the address on the form.

Download the PUBLIC nomination form here.

Download the STAFF nomination form here.


The elections are conducted as postal ballots, run by the Association of Electoral Administrators. The AEA are a key player in the electoral field and are recognised by the Electoral Commission and several government departments as experts. The AEA has experience of conducting municipal, national parliamentary and European parliamentary elections, along with referenda and elections.

Nomination papers must be returned by post or fax, to arrive no later than 5pm on Friday 28 February 2014, to the Returning Officer at the address on the form. Please do not return nomination papers to the Trust offices.

The statement of nominated candidates will be available from Monday 3 March 2014.

Notice of withdrawal of candidature must be given to the Returning Officer by Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the address given for delivery of nomination forms.

Keep up to date with the election on this page. It will be updated regularly.

If you need help, contact the Membership Helpline.

Countdown begins to governor elections in 2014

It's been three years since the Trust held its last full governor elections. Public and staff members will be able to stand for election in 2014 as governors.

Preparations are under way for elections to 21 governor posts at our NHS trust.

Members of the public and staff of our Trust are being urged to become involved and consider standing to become a governor.

Come to an event and find out more

"I want to be a Governor" events are being held in January and February to encourage people to put their names forward as candidates and to explain to them what is involved.

The events will give the public an opportunity to meet some of the current governors, directors and non-executive directors at the Trust, to gain an insight into the governor's role and how the election process works, and to ask questions.

Public and staff members have until 28 February to decide whether they wish to stand for election. To stand for election, candidates have to be a member of the Trust. Staff are automatically members but the public can become a member online here or by phoning the Membership Helpline below.

About governors

Governors meet with people in their local community or staff group to listen to their ideas and opinions and report back at Council of Governors meetings. They discuss major service developments, the Trust's annual report and accounts, and how members are recruited and informed.

Some of the existing governors can stand for a second term of office - some have already served their two terms and cannot stand again - and successful candidates will serve for three years.


Voting in the elections will take place by postal ballot between late March and 9 April for 15 public governors and six* staff governors.

The successful candidates will join the Trust's Council of Governors. It appoints the Trust's Chair and non-executive directors and works closely with its Board of Directors to influence decision-making and strategic planning while monitoring performance and holding the Board to account.

dr sally irvine

Chair of the Council of Governors

Dr Sally Irvine, Chair of the Council of Governors and the Board of Directors, said: "I am convinced that the involvement of public and staff governors and having an elected Council of Governors has helped us to improve the services we provide.

"I want as many of our members as possible to become involved in the elections and I encourage anyone who can give their time and experience to consider standing to become a governor.

"These are difficult times that the Trust is going through and there is a need for strong, independent and committed people to help it through."

Foundation trusts

The Trust became an NHS foundation trust on 1 May 2008 and holds elections for governors every three years. Its 6,763 public members are eligible to vote for, and to stand as, public governors. There are five public constituencies: Colchester (5 posts); Tendring (5); Halstead & Colne Valley (3); Rest of Essex (1) and Suffolk (1).


The Trust's 4,511 staff members, which includes volunteers and is also virtually the entire workforce, are able to vote for staff governors representing the following staff constituencies: Nursing & Midwifery (2 posts), Support Staff (2), Medical & Dental (1) and Allied health professionals/Health care scientists (1).

In addition, the Council of Governors has five stakeholder governors who are nominated by the organisations they represent: Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Garrison, Essex County Council, Tendring District Council and the University of Essex/Anglia Ruskin University.

* A sixth staff governor post representing support staff, was approved at the April 2013 Joint Board meeting.

We have arranged a series of "I want to be a Governor" events

Keep up to date with the election on this page. It will be updated regularly.

Members eligible to vote in the elections are defined as everyone who was listed as a member on or before 28th February 2014 (when the nominations for governor closes).