Could you be a QVH governor?
Thank you to everyone who has attended a pre-election event and shown interest in standing as a governor. We are unfortunately no longer accepting further expressions of interest.
We are launching the process to find people who would like to stand for election to one of our 14 public governor vacancies. This is an opportunity for you to represent the public constituency and be involved in scrutinising decisions taken by the Board and Council of Governors.
What is a governor?
Governors have an important role in making an NHS foundation trust like QVH publicly accountable for the services it provides. They bring valuable perspectives and contributions to its activities. Governors hold non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board and represent the interests of NHS foundation trust members and the public. Governors are volunteers and are not paid. You can find out more in the Brief guide for governors
Can I stand as a public governor?
You can stand if:
- you are a member of the Trust
- you are at least 18 years of age
- you reside in the electoral wards of Kent, Surrey, Sussex or South London (as defined in the Trust’s Constitution)
- you have attended a pre-election event (see below). This is essential as outlined in our constitution.
- you complete the self-nomination form by the deadline and according to instructions
- you are not already a foundation trust governor elsewhere, (or if you are, you are prepared to resign if elected).
Standing as a governor is a decision which will need some thought and all potential candidates need to attend a pre-election briefing about the role. You will also need to prepare a statement explaining to other members why you wish to stand.
All governors are required to complete a ‘fit and proper person’ declaration which covers issues such as misconduct and bankruptcy. All governors are also required to declare any potential conflicts of interest including links with companies doing business with the NHS or family members working for the Trust, and will be expected to recuse themselves from relevant decision making.
No experience of being a governor is necessary, just commitment, enthusiasm and some spare time (approximately a half to full day each month depending on your level of involvement). Governors are not paid, but, where appropriate, receive travel expenses so that their support for the Trust does not leave them out of pocket.
When are the pre-election events?
If you are interested in standing, you need to come to one of our pre-election events. These events have now taken place.
When are the elections?
The election will take place between 18 December 2020 and 12 January 2021. The new governors will take up their role from 1 February 2021.