Published on: 11 November 2022

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Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is calling on people living in five areas of Derbyshire to represent their communities and stand to be a member of their Council of Governors.

The Trust’s Governors engage with members and the public as well as feed local views back to the Council of Governors. Governors are also collectively responsible for deciding the remuneration and allowances, and other terms of conditions of office, of the Trust Chair and other Non-Executive Directors.

The Trust is seeking nominations from people living in:

  • Amber Valley
  • Derby City East
  • Derby City West
  • Erewash
  • High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.

There is one vacancy for each area. The deadline for nominations to be received is Monday 12 December 2022, with elections taking place in January 2023.  Newly elected governors would commence in post and join the Council of Governors early in February 2023, for a three-year term of office.

Public Governor roles on the Council of Governors are voluntary positions.  Anyone interested in standing as a member of the Council of Governors will need to be registered as a Trust member – this is a process that can be undertaken here on the Trust’s website. The Trust welcomes nominations that represent the diversity of our communities across Derbyshire.

"Sustaining the NHS"

Ogechi Eze, a current public governor for Derby City West says: “I became a governor because I believe in sustaining the NHS and increasing its effectiveness in providing healthcare. I was elected this year and am really finding it an interesting role." 

Selina Ullah, Trust Chair said: “I would like to encourage our members to stand in the public governor elections. It is really important our members are represented on the Council of Governors so that their views and interests of the Trust are heard. Governors bring a wealth of expertise and insight and once the elections have taken place, and the results declared, I look forward to working with our newly elected governors.”

For more information about becoming a governor, please contact Denise Baxendale, Membership and Involvement Manager, by calling 01332 623723 or emailing

Learn more

If you are interested in standing a form can be obtained as follows:



Telephone: 0208 889 9203

Text 2FT DH and your name and address to 88802

Nominations will open on 14 November and close at 5pm on 12 December 2022.

Amber Valley’s governor will represent the views of the Trust members across the wards of: Alfreton, Belper Central, Belper East, Belper North, Belper South, Codnor and Waingrove, Crich, Duffield, Heage and Ambergate, Heanor and Loscoe, Heanor West, Ironville and Riddings, Kilburn, Langley Mill and Aldercar, Ripley and Marehay, Shipley Park, Somercotes, South West Parishes, Swanwick, Wingfield.

Derby City East’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Alvaston, Boulton, Chaddesden, Chellaston, Derwent, Oakwood, Sinfin, Spondon.

Derby City West’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Abbey/Allestree, Arboretum, Blagreaves, Darley, Littleover, Mackworth, Normanton, Mickleover.

Erewash’s governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Abbotsford, Breaston, Cotmanhay, Derby Road East, Derby Road West, Draycott, Hallam Fields, Ilkeston Central, Ilkeston North, Kirk Hallam, Little Eaton and Breadsall, Little Hallam, Long Eaton Central, Nottingham Road, Ockbrook and Borrowash, Old Park, Stanley, Sandiacre North, Sandiacre South, Sawley, West Hallam and Dale Abbey, Wilsthorpe.

High Peak and Derbyshire Dales governor will represent the views of Trust members across the wards of: Derbyshire Dales District Council, High Peak Borough Council.

After gaining Foundation Trust status in 2011, we made a commitment to represent our communities as effectively as possible and promote public awareness of health issues.

Having Trust members – represented by elected governors – is a key way for Derbyshire Healthcare to involve local people in the organisation’s work and ensure that it provides the best possible care and treatment for the people it serves.

The organisation’s Council of Governors is made up of 16 members of the public, six staff representatives and six representatives from partner organisations. Governors are elected by the Foundation Trust’s members and oversee the Trust’s Board, who are responsible for running the NHS services that the Trust is commissioned to provide to the residents of Derby and Derbyshire.