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Governor Elections 2017

Created 13 January 2017 | Updated 20 November 2017

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Latest | 20 November 2017 | Election announced

Notice of Election - 12 x Public Governors - 5 x Staff Governors

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors of the Trust. You have until 5th December to decide.

Download the Notice of Election here.


9 June 2017 | Declaration of Result

Declaration of Result of Poll and Election Report

Today we announce the results of our election to governor posts on the Trust's Council of Governors.

Three constituencies were contested. Four candidates nominated themselves for the one public vacancy at Colchester, three for the one public vacancy at Tendring, but no-one came forward for Halstead & Colne Valley so this will remain vacant. One person nominated themselves for the staff governor to represent doctors at the Trust.

The following candidates were successful and we welcome them as our new representatives:

Ballot papers were distributed to qualifying public members on 25th April and completed ballot papers had to be received by the Independent Scrutineer by 19th May.


6 April 2017 | Statement of Candidates

Now that the deadline for standing as a Governor has passed, here is the Statement of Nominated Candidates

Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying members on Tuesday 25th April. Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by 5pm on Friday 19th May.


20 March 2017 | Time is running out!

Time is running out if you are thinking of standing as a governor in the by-election.

There is one public governor vacancy for each of the following public constituencies: Colchester, Tendring, and Halstead & Colne Valley.

There is also a vacancy for a staff governor to represent doctors at the Trust. During the by-election, the Trust's medical workforce ("Medical & Dental") will have an opportunity to vote to fill this post.

If you are thinking of standing as a governor you only have until 30th March to decide!

Download the Notice of Election here.

To qualify for nomination you must be a member of the Trust in that Constituency, i.e. Colchester, Tendring, or Halstead & Colne Valley, or "Medical & Dental" .


2 March 2017 | Election announced

Notice of Election - 3 x Public Governors - 1 x Staff Governor

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors of the Trust. You have until 30th March to decide.

Download the Notice of Election here.


13 January 2017 | Election announced

The Chair of our Trust is encouraging members of the public to stand to join its Council of Governors.

This was announced on this page and to the local media on 13 January.

A by-election will take place this spring to fill three public governor posts and one staff governor vacancy on the Council, which has 26 posts in total.

David White said there had never been a more exciting time to be a governor.

"These are challenging times for the whole Health Service, not least our Trust as we begin to firm up our long-term partnership with Ipswich Hospital," he said.

David White

"Governors listen to ideas and views from the public and staff, and are instrumental in bringing a local perspective to the planning and development of services.

"I would urge anyone who cares about the services we provide to seriously consider taking part in the by-election to our Council of Governors."

There is one public governor vacancy for each of the following public constituencies: Colchester, Tendring, and Halstead & Colne Valley.

There is also a vacancy for a staff governor to represent doctors at the Trust. During the by-election, the Trust's medical workforce will have an opportunity to vote to fill this post.

To qualify for nomination you must be a member of the Trust in that Constituency, i.e. Colchester, Tendring, or Halstead & Colne Valley, or "Medical & Dental" .

Click here to register to become a member.

Why is it not a full election?

The last full elections were held in April 2014 and so were due again in April 2017. But the announcement in May 2016 of a long-term partnership between our Trust and The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust means that it would be beneficial to have the same governors present for the duration of this process. Therefore at the December 2016 Council of Governors it was agreed to extend its members' term of office for 12 months and to run a by-election where there were vacancies.


I am considering being a Governor

Thank you! You don't need any special skills or qualifications to be a governor. The most important thing you need is enthusiasm and the willingness to represent not just your own views but also the views of the people in your community or staff group. If you have some understanding of the NHS or one of our NHS hospitals, that's great, but not essential.

You will need to attend between 1-4 meetings a month. There may also be walkabouts, groups, shared workshops and projects that governors will be invited to attend. Read more in our question and answer sheet.

Remember, only members of our NHS Foundation Trust may become elected governors.

To be eligible to stand to be a governor or to vote in the by-election people need to have registered to become a public member of the Trust by 30 March.

Nominations to be a governor open on Thursday 2 March.

The by-election will be in the form of a postal ballot between 25 April and 19 May. Electoral Reform Services run the elections to guarantee the integrity and independence of their ballot process.

The results will be declared on 22 May.

If you are considering becoming a Governor we have put together a two-side question and answer sheet.


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.

The Council influences and signs off strategies while monitoring performance and holding the Board of Directors to account.

Governors also have statutory powers which include appointing the Trust Chair and non-executive directors and approving the appointment of the Chief Executive. Public governors are not paid but they are reimbursed any expenses they incur during the course of their work.


Foundation trusts

Our Trust became an NHS foundation trust in May 2008 and holds elections for governors every three years. Its 5,978 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).

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.