The Council of Governors
As a foundation trust, with a membership recruited
from our staff (staff constituency) and the communities (public
constituency) we serve, we have a council of governors representing
those constituencies and a number of partner organisations that we
The council plays a key role in ensuring that The Christie
conducts itself in a way that is consistent with the needs of the
communities we serve, our stated aims, goals and the terms and
conditions under which we operate.
What are NHS foundation trust hospitals?
NHS Foundation Trusts provide healthcare according to core NHS
principles - free care at the point of delivery, based on need and
not ability to pay. Foundation trusts were established by law which
provided them with independence from central government and gave
them freedom to make decisions for themselves. Thecouncil of
governorsrepresents the interests of foundation trust members and
other stakeholder organisations. Governors are the
individuals that bind a foundations trust to its patients, staff
If you are elected you will need to submit a declaration of
interests form, agree to obtain a CRB check, attend induction
training and sign your acceptance of the governors' code of conduct
and your roles and responsibilities as a governor.
Why become a governor?
The role of the governor is very important. Governors work
with the board to:
- Advise The Christie on its strategic direction and hold the
board of directors to account for the performance of The Christie
in meeting the terms of its authorisation.
- Represent the interests of your members
- Represent The Christie in the community, engaging with
- Appoint or remove the Chairman and Non-executive directors
- Approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
- Approve the remuneration of the Chairman and Non-executive
- Appoint or remove the Auditors of The Christie
- Receive the annual report and accounts
Who can be a governor?
You must be a member of The Christie - you can join before the
nominations close if you are not already a member. You must
be 16 years or over and you must live in the public area you wish
to represent. If you move out of the public area you are serving
during your term of office you will have to step down.
How much time is involved in being a governor?
As a minimum governors need to be able to attend:
- Most council of governors meetings. These are held four
or five times per year in the evening from 5pm to 7.00pm.
- The annual members meeting held in September each year
- A minimum of two days training per year
- Committee or project meetings - about four per year
- Community engagement - several meetings in your local area with
local groups and organisations to discuss their needs
What to do if you would like to stand to be a governor (elected
- Obtain a nomination form from ERS by phoning020 8889 9203.
- Complete the 100 word statement (or manifesto) setting out why
you want to be a governor and why you will be a good governor.
- Complete the rest of the form including the declaration of
- Get two people to support your nomination by completing the
form. If they are not already members do not
worry. Tick the box on the form and ERS will make sure they
become a member before the election takes place.
- Send your completed form preferably with a recent photograph to
ERS.It must arrive by the stated closing date.
Governor Elections 2013
We have 15 governors elected by the members in our 13 public
We have 5 governors elected by the staff constituency - click
here to view staff governor profiles.
We have 9 governors appointed by partner organisations we work
closely with - click here to view partner governor
Our Foundation Trust Authorisation
For more information about our constitution, terms of
authorisation and our foundation trust application documents see our foundation trust
Contacting your Governor
If you would like to contact your Governor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can contact our Membership Office on 0161 446
8616 or write to us at:
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust