Our Council of Governors

The Council of Governors consists of elected members and appointed individuals who represent members and other stakeholder organisations. The 2006 and 2012 HSC acts set out governors’ statutory responsibilities.

Governors' statutory responsibilites

  • Appoint and/or remove the chairman and non-executive directors
  • Set the terms and conditions of remuneration of the chairman/non-executive directors
  • Approve the appointment of the chief executive
  • Appoint the external auditor
  • Receive the annual accounts, auditor’s report and annual report
  • Convene the annual members’ meeting
  • Be consulted on the forward plans (annual plan) of the organisation
  • Approve any proposed increases in private patient income of 5% or more
  • Represent the interests of the members of the Foundation Trust and the public
  • Approve significant transactions (as defined in the constitution)
  • Approve an application by the Foundation Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • Approve amendments to the Foundation Trust’s constitution

Upcoming meetings

  • Thursday, 16 April 2020 – 3.30-5.15pm, Conference Room, Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary – CANCELLED
  • Thursday, 16 July 2020 – 3.30-5.15pm, virtual meeting
    Agenda Papers
  • Thursday, 15 October 2020 – 3.30-5.15pm, Conference Room, Field House, Bradford Royal Infirmary

Past meetings

Governors are unpaid and contribute their time on behalf of the foundation trust they represent. The chairperson of the Board of Directors is also the chairperson of the Council of Governors. This is a legal requirement.

The voluntary role of governor is entirely different to that of a director. The governor’s role includes specific statutory duties, but the Board of Directors remains ultimately responsible for the Trust’s operations and performance.

The overriding role of the Council of Governors is to hold the non-executive directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the Board of Directors and to represent the interests of Foundation Trust members and the public.

Direction and performance

The board is responsible for the direction and performance of the Trust, while the Council of Governors is responsible primarily for assuring the performance of the board.

There are different categories of governors. We have a maximum of 19 governor seats and four different types: public, staff, partner, and patient governors.

The members of the Council of Governors, other than the appointed governors, must be elected. The rules and regulations that set out how elections for membership of the Council of Governors are conducted form part of the Trust’s constitution.

Key documents

Contacting the governors
If you would like to get in touch with our governors please email: governors@bthft.nhs.uk

Notice of Election

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors.

Elections are to be held for the position of Medical and Dental Governor (one vacancy) and Governor for all other staff groups (one vacancy).

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions is now available.

Outcomes of the election process held from October to December 2019

  1. The uncontested report is available here.
  2. The election for a Bradford West Public Governor closed at 5pm on 5 December, 2019.  The Report of Voting is available here.

Council of Governors and their terms of office

The full list of our Governors and there terms of office is available here.

For more information about Foundation Trust membership, please click here.

Meet our Council of Governors

Our Foundation Trust membership

Are you eligible to be a member?

Public membership is open to anyone aged over 16 living in the Bradford Metropolitan District Council area.  Members are registered in either: Bradford East, Bradford South, Bradford West, Shipley or Keighley.

Patient membership is open to those aged over 16 who have received treatment from our Foundation Trust and live outside the metropolitan district area or are the carer of such a patient and act on their behalf.

Staff membership is open to those who hold a permanent contract of employment or have worked for the Foundation Trust for at least 12 months (this includes contract staff and those holding honorary contracts). Staff members are registered in one of the following four groups:

  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Medical and dental
  • Allied health professionals and scientists
  • All other staff (admin and clerical, estates and ancillary, additional clinical services)

Benefits of membership
Our membership provides a large and diverse group of people to draw from for elections to our council of governors, to represent the interests of Foundation Trust members and the public, to consult with on a broad range of issues, and to draw on to support our public and patient involvement initiatives and activities.

Current opportunities
Patient and public involvement activities to support service development, inspection programmes such as PLACE (patient-led assessments of the care environment). Contact: 01274 364810, Mon – Friday, 9am – 4pm or email: patient.experience@bthft.nhs.uk

Not a member? Join now

If you would like to be a Foundation Trust member, please fill in our short membership form.

Need to contact us?

Foundation Trust Membership office
Trust Headquarters
Bradford Royal Infirmary
Duckworth Lane
Bradford BD9 6RJ

Telephone: 01274 364794
Email: membership@bthft.nhs.uk

Notice of Election

The Trust gives notice that it will hold elections to the Council of Governors.

Elections are to be held for the position of Medical and Dental Governor (one vacancy) and Governor for all other staff groups (one vacancy).

A nomination form to stand for election to these positions is now available. For more information, please download the Notice of Election.

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