Governors have specific powers that are statutory (required by law):
- Governors hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively accountable for the performance of the Board of Directors.
- Governors appoint, can remove and assign how much the Non-Executive Directors and Chairman can be paid and what their Terms and Conditions should be.
- Governors approve (or not) the appointment of any new Chief Executive.
- Governors appoint and, if appropriate, remove our External Auditor.
- Governors receive our annual accounts, our auditor's report and annual report.
- Represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
- Governors present views to the Board of Directors on the development of our plans and significant changes to the services we provide.
- Approve significant transactions.
- Governors approve any proposed amendments to the Constitution.
- Approve any proposed mergers and acquisitions or separations.
Governors don't just have statutory responsibilities, they can have a wider influence both within and outside of the Foundation Trust.
- Represent the interests and views of our Trust Members in their constituency
- Play an ambassadorial role, representing the interests of the Trust and adhering to its values
- Assist with Member recruitment
- Contribute content for our Member communications, surveys and consultations
- Attend Member meetings, events and talks
- Attend local events on behalf of the Trust
- Provide an important link with the local community.
For more information on the statutory duties of NHS Foundation Trust Governors please click here.