Published on: 11 November 2022

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 on the Trust’s website. The Trust welcomes nominations that represent the diversity of our communities across Derbyshire.

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 dhcft.membership@nhs.net.

Learn More

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

Online: www.cesvotes.com/DHFT2023

Email: ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com  

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.