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Council of Governors

Last updated: 20/05/2020

The role of the Council of Governors

Because we are a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors. Governors play a key role at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust in helping to guide the development of services, holding the non-executive directors to account, representing the views of members, and undertaking a range of statutory duties such as the appointment of the chair and non-executive directors. Most governors are elected from the Foundation Trust membership. These elected governors reflect the interests of the community and represent their members when key decisions are taken at the Trust.

Meet the Governors

We have 29 Governors in total, which includes 17 Public Governors, six Appointed Governors from local stakeholders and six Staff Governors. A poster of our Governors can be found here. Foundation Trust members can ask governors to raise issues at the Trust on their behalf. If you would like to contact the Governors or have any questions about Foundation Trust membership, please email the Membership Office at foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk, call 0117 342 3764, or write to Membership Office, Trust HQ, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, Marlborough Street, Bristol BS1 3NU. A register of interests, which includes our governors, is on our Reports and Publications page.

Council of Governors Annual Members Meeting/Annual General Meeting - RESCHEDULED

Our next Annual Members Meeting/Annual General meeting has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 11 October 2022, from 5.00pm - 7.00 pm at City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TY.

The agenda, along with the minutes of last year’s meeting are available to view here. The Annual Report and Accounts for 2021/22, which will be presented at the meeting, can be found on our website.

To book your place, please click here.

About the meeting
The Annual Members’ Meeting will be chaired by Jayne Mee, Chair of the Trust. There will be a presentation on the successes and challenges of the past year from our Chief Executive Eugine Yafele, Director of Finance Neil Kemsley, and Chief Nurse and Midwife Deirdre Fowler. We will also have an update on membership and governor activities from two of our public governors.
In the Guest Speaker slot, we will hear from the Retrieve Adults Critical Care Transfer Team on their successes this year and plans for the future. This will be followed by a Question and Answer session. This is your chance to have a question answered by the Board.

How to ask a question:
You will be able to ask questions of the Board of the Trust after all presenters have spoken. If you are at the meeting in person, you will be able to raise your hand and we will provide you a microphone to speak into. If you are online, there will be a ‘Chat’ box on the screen in which you will be able to type your question at any point during the meeting, although all questions will be read out when we reach the Q&A session in the meeting, and Board members will respond to you. Alternatively, you can send your question to us in advance to foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk.

Council of Governors meetings

Our Council of Governors meetings are open to all Foundation Trust Members, members of staff, and members of the public. Please note you are still able to ask questions of the Council of Governors by emailing them before the meeting to foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk and we will endeavor to answer your question during the meeting or provide a written response after the meeting. 

This year's Council of Governors meetings are as follows:

  • Friday 27 May 2022 at 2.30pm-4.30pm - Papers can be accessed here, additional papers here.
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 at 3.15-5pm (note later time): Papers can be accessed here; additional papers here.
  • Tuesday 13 December 2022 at 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 14 February 2023 at 2pm-4pm

Council of Governors Updates to Foundation Trust Members

Every month, the Council of Governors write an update to Foundation Trust members on the things they have been involved in and send them to members as part of the monthly e-newsletter. If you are interested in hearing about what the Trust and the Governors have been up to, become a member and receive the full e-newsletter. Below are the recent Council of Governors updates for you to see what they have been involved in!

August 2022 +

This month we had a letter from the Trust Chair.

I hope this letter finds you safe and well.
I am writing to invite you to the Trust’s Annual Members’ Meeting/Annual General Meeting, which we are holding at the Conference Hall, City Hall, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR. At the meeting, which will take place on Thursday 15 September 2022 at 5.00pm-7.00pm, the Board of Directors and Council of Governors will present a review of the year 2021/22 and we will hear about the Trust’s Arts and Culture Team and their innovative work over the year to make our hospitals a brighter place. As a member, this is also your chance to put questions to our Board and I would like to encourage you to do so. We would love to see in person, however if we will also be streaming it online if you would prefer to watch it from home. If you would like to come to the meeting please email FoundationTrust@uhbw.nhs.uk or call 0117 342 3764.
If you would like to find out more about the Trust’s year, our Annual Report and Accounts for 2021/22, which will be presented at the meeting, is available on our website: https://www.uhbw.nhs.uk/p/about-us/reports-and-publications.
The past year has once again been dominated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  For much of the early part of the year, the focus of our staff – like the rest of the NHS – was very much on the response to the pandemic. Whilst we continue to be vigilant over COVID-19, our focus has turned to working through the waiting lists of patients as quickly and safely as possible. We don’t underestimate the impact on our patients of having a planned appointment rescheduled or postponed. We would again like to thank our patients and their relatives for their understanding and support. Reducing the backlog has, and continues to be, a focus for the Trust, and we are working together with our partners across the health and care system to do this.
During the year we continued to integrate our hospitals in Bristol and Weston following our merger to become UHBW in April 2020. This included integrating and bringing together teams from our Bristol and Weston sites, as well as developing our new shared Trust Values, which are that we will be supportive, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We hope these Values truly reflect who we are as an organisation and how we should go about our daily work as individuals and teams at UHBW. Alongside this work, the second phase of Healthy Weston, which aims to secure Weston General Hospital as a thriving and sustainable hospital at the heart of the Weston community, also started to take shape. You will hear more about this over the coming year.
Another area where we are committed to playing our part, is in sustainability and helping to tackle climate change and its effects on the health of our population. In 2019 we joined with our partners at North Bristol NHS Trust to declare a climate emergency and pledge our commitment to be more sustainable, and during 2021/22 we reaffirmed this commitment. For example, 2021 and into 2022 we switched off our old steam system and moved to low carbon district heating, which will cut our gas use by 9,732,011kWh, amounting to a huge saving of 1,701.65 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Our governors continue to play a key part in helping us to grow and adapt. As a member, you can vote for governors and even stand for election as governor yourself – which I’d like to encourage you to consider.
Finally, I would like to thank you as Foundation Trust members for your continuing support for our Trust. It is greatly appreciated.
Yours sincerely,
Jayne Mee, Chair of UHBW

July 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"Hi.  My name is Martin Rose and I am just starting my second term of office as an elected Public Governor for Bristol at UHBW.  I would like to thank each and every one of you who voted in the elections and for returning me for a second term.  It is a sad time because we have lost some great people from the Council of Governors.  You cannot help but become friends as we work so closely together in unusual circumstances.  There is good news though, in that as we lose Governors, we gain new Governors, with fresh eyes and new ideas.  This process keeps things fresh and helps the Trust evolve and avoid becoming stagnant. 

Coming soon, we have our next ‘Health Matters’ event focussing on the environment. This is an opportunity to come together and over various subjects, meet your Governors over a cup of tea or coffee.  If you are free, we would love to see you on Tuesday 26th July 2022 between 5.30pm – 7.00pm.  The event takes place in the Education and Research Centre, opposite The Bristol Royal Hospital for Children on Upper Maudlin Street in Bristol.  We can’t wait to see you!

And finally, some sad news.  Sarah Murch, who has worked for the Trust for 10 years in the membership office and was promoted to Membership Manager two years ago, is leaving us on Tuesday 9th of August to start a new chapter in her life.  We shall all miss her so much!  Speaking for myself, Sarah has been massively supportive of me.  Being a Disabled Governor, Sarah makes my role possible, making accessibility of primary importance.  So, I would like to thank Sarah from the bottom of my heart and wish her well in her new career.

Martin."

June 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"My name is Mo Phillips and I have had the privilege of being a Public Governor for Bristol for 4 years.

We have recently said goodbye to a number of Governors who have reached the end of their term and they leave with huge thanks for their contributions over the years. Any organisation needs new blood, and we welcome a total of nine new Governors, both public and staff who will bring different ideas and fresh eyes to the Council of Governors.

Last week we held a development seminar for new Governors, also attended by our new Chief Executive, Eugine Yafele who provided an outline of his plans for the development of the Trust. Exciting times ahead!

Although we are approaching the holiday season, Governors continue with our various meetings, raising issues and challenging the Non-executive Directors on numerous issues. We can meet face-to-face in the Trust now, which builds relationships and is especially important for new Governors to get to know people.

Governors are watching to see how the Integrated Care System (ICS) evolves when it achieves its legal status, which is expected in July. More collaboration between Providers across the system at all levels should help facilitate improved access to healthcare services. As yet, it is not clear what role Governors will be expected to play in the ICS, so we await further news with interest.

I wish all our new Governors the best of luck …and may the current sunshine continue!"

May 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"Thank you to everyone who voted in the governor elections and congratulations to newly-elected governors who take up their posts on 1 June. Along with seven colleagues I will be stepping down, having served the maximum term of nine years.
Throughout my tenure I have tried to act in the best interests of all patients by putting forward their views and asking questions on their behalf while holding the Board to account.  Having originally been elected to the Carers’ Constituency, I have done my best to represent carers and adult patients with multiple, complex needs.
My priorities have always been to improve the patient experience for everyone, including the most vulnerable, and to emphasise the importance of listening to carers. I believe in an NHS that is free at the point of delivery. I would like to see a diverse Trust membership that better represents the patient demographic. It was a pleasure working with Robert Woolley, former Chief Executive, who guided staff so ably throughout the pandemic. I have great hopes for our new Chief Executive, Eugine Yafele.
Over the past two years there have been unprecedented system pressures and I am humbled by the way our amazing workforce has shown such commitment, including those seconded to new roles, working tirelessly in teams supported by incredible leaders and a supportive executive. We are forever in their debt but frontline staff morale has been impacted. With continuing pressures, the timely discharge of patients remains a challenge. Although we are working with our local health and care partners, it is to be hoped that the forthcoming Integrated Care System will further help alleviate these pressures."

April 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for North Somerset.

"It is now a whole year since I was elected as a Governor to represent North Somerset residents. I was fortunate to have previously been a member and then Chair of the Patients Council at Weston Hospital. This gave me some valuable insight into the NHS and the running of a hospital, leading me to watch all the Board Meetings and Governors Meetings online during the first and second lockdowns. Since the merger to become one Trust, the Patients Council has morphed into the Patient Focus Group – representing patients views regarding Weston General Hospital. The group meets frequently to discuss the care received at Weston General Hospital, and more information can be provided by emailing foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk.

COVID-19 is still causing many people to be hospitalised, including a surprising amount of children, and a large percentage of staff are also isolating. With this in mind, and in line with national guidelines, our meetings have all been online and reduced to essential business, allowing remaining staff to deal with the day-to-day running of our hospitals. Whilst its rather odd that I haven’t met some of my fellow Governors in person, online meetings do save time and travelling. We have been continuing with our regular meetings and this month we had our quarterly Governor Development Seminar where we discussed sustainability and membership engagement, and our informal meetings and Non-Executive Director engagement sessions allowed us to seek assurance from Board members regarding a range of items around the hospitals. As a Foundation Trust Member, you are welcome to make contact with any Governors to ask questions which we can take forward on your behalf. Just email foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk with your question and the Governing body will look in to it for you.

Our new Chief Executive, Eugine Yafele, joins us in a few weeks, and, alongside other new members of our Executive team, it feels like we have a continuing strong leadership to move the Trust forward.

I am really pleased to see a long term and exciting future for Weston General Hospital. The merger has offered our local hospital stability and with more services being fully integrated each month. New staff have been employed across both sites which strengthens our teams in both Weston and Bristol and shares good practice. The Healthy Weston Consultation is now moving to the next stage – Healthy Weston: Phase 2, and I am delighted to sit on the Clinical Design and Delivery Panel, with the next public consultation in a few months. I am passionate about the exciting future of our local hospital and look forward to sharing more information with you in the near future. In the last few months Knightstone Ward has opened at Weston Hospital. This will begin as a ward to help catch up on orthopaedic surgery which is a local speciality. We hope to see the ward flourish and some patient waiting times come down in time.

We have 3 Governors representing North Somerset and our hope is to arrange a ‘meet your Governor’ event locally during June. More information on this will follow, but it would be lovely to meet you."

March 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for North Somerset.

"As I write this UHBW Governor’s report, news of the Ukraine situation has taken over the top spot TV news item from COVID reporting. The NHS will be playing its part in caring for Ukrainian children with an ongoing medical condition who have arrived in the UK.

Governors continue to carry out our own NHS hospital duties, with additional change happening all around us. In December we appointed, on a permanent basis, Jayne Mee as the new Trust Chair, and we are in the process of saying ‘goodbye and many thanks’ to Robert Woolley, our long-serving Chief Executive Officer of 12 years – who will leave on 30 March and who has kept the Trust in good financial health and achieved two ‘Outstanding’ Care Quality Commission ratings.  Soon we will be welcoming our new CEO Eugine Yafele from Dorset HealthCare University Foundation Trust, where he too achieved a CQC ‘Outstanding’ rating. Our previous UHBW Trust Chair, Jeff Farrar, is now Board Chair of the new Integrated Care System (ICS) across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Another member of the UHBW Board, Non-Executive Director Steve West, will be leaving us on 31 March to join him on the Integrated Care Board – so UHBW will have some strong links with the new ICS, and we will all watch this space, whilst your Council of Governors set about recruiting new Non-Executive Directors for UHBW’s Board.

In the meantime, though we will hopefully soon come out of COVID, current reports are indicating a bit of a surge. Following national NHS pandemic guidance in place from January to March, UHBW`s Governor and Board meetings have been operating to a cut-down agenda but have continued to take place. Governors have held recent meetings of all of our three Governor Groups (focussing on Membership and Constitutional issues, Strategy, and Quality) as well as our more informal meetings with the Non-Executive Directors.

In our world of transformational change that we are currently experiencing, I often quote the following...Winston Churchill said: ‘To improve is to change, but to be perfect is to change often’, Heraclitus said: ‘There is nothing perfect except change’, and finally Walt Disney commented that ‘Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim focused on the future’.

Today, I can confidently say that how the future came about will be reported tomorrow."

February 2022 +

This month’s Governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"You will all be aware that our hospitals have been exceptionally busy in recent weeks. As a result, the Trust has been limiting both the number and length of meetings in order to allow staff to concentrate on the challenges of its day-to-day operational priorities. However, with the support of our amazing Membership Team and the Trust Board, Governors have been able to continue to meet virtually for some of our meetings and stay in touch with all Trust activities via regular updates from the Chair alongside all the routine board reports. We have also been kept busy fulfilling other Governor responsibilities in appointing Jayne Mee as our new Chair back in December, being involved in the appointment of a new CEO in January and now planning for the appointment of new Non-Executive Directors in the coming weeks.

It is six years since I first became a Public Governor for Bristol at the Trust and there have been a great many changes during that time both within the Trust and across our wider local healthcare services. There is still much to do to complete the integration process following our merger with Weston and now we will also be working closely with partners across all of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire in the newly formed Integrated Care System that formally comes into being this year. Given the huge challenges to be faced in moving forward from COVID-19 and dealing with the backlog of elective work it really is essential that this further collaboration and integration is successful. As Governors we will be doing everything we can to support these efforts while continuing to monitor performance within UHBW.

It is also incredibly important that we thank all the staff at UHBW for their amazing commitment, resilience and sheer hard work in dealing with the pressures that they have faced over the last two years and continue to face. Their well-being and support will remain key priorities for the Governors in 2022, along with the need to recruit new staff into all vacancies. These issues are regularly reviewed at our Quality Focus Group meetings and raised within our discussions with the Non-executive Directors.

If you have any concerns or queries that you would like to raise with the Governors then please don’t hesitate to contact the Membership Team at the Trust."

January 2022 +

This month’s governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"Happy New Year!

Most of us will be entering 2022 I’m sure, with optimism that we will have a much greater understanding of COVID-19 and all its variants, and that we can eventually get on with our normal day to day lives once again, whatever that may be.

Coming from a technology background myself, it has been interesting to see the use of video calls being used throughout the NHS.

Currently all our Governor meetings are held online, which does have its benefits in reducing travel times and is also much better for the environment! This will, going forward, also be used much more for consultations and check ups within the medical divisions, again with travel and time benefits for both staff and patients.

Don’t forget that you can also watch UHBW Board Meetings and Council of Governor meetings online, as they are broadcast live on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/UHBristolWestonNHSFT). There are also lots of other videos on our You Tube channel on all sorts of services available, from maternity to cardiac to check out while you are there. 

As you may have seen in the last newsletter, we welcomed Jayne Mee as the new Chair to the Trust in December, after Jeff Farrar stepped down to become Chair of the Integrated Care System Board for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. On behalf of all the governors I would like to wish Jayne every success in her new role.

Finally, don’t forget that there are also Governor elections coming up this year, so if you would like to join us and help shape our hospitals’ future, contact Sarah or Rachel at the membership team for more information on becoming a Governor. The election process starts in March, so to find out more email FoundationTrust@uhbw.nhs.uk."

December 2021 +

This month’s governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for Bristol.

"Since having the enormous privilege of being elected to the Council of Governors at UHBW, I have enjoyed every last minute of learning how a Trust of this size operates and am in awe of the dedication that makes #TeamUHBW. In such a relatively short period of time, so much has changed and will continue to. In April 2020, we had the exciting merger between University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust and Weston Area Health NHS Trust, and in April 2021, our Chair, Jeff Farrar went on secondment to the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Integrated Care System (ICS) as their Chair. Recently, Jeff has accepted the permanent role as the Chair of the ICS and governors have been involved in the process of appointing a new Trust Chair.  Also, our Chief Executive, Robert Woolley, has decided that he will now have a well-earned retirement on 31 March 2022, so it is all change. The thing about it is, both are leaving in place effective processes and procedures and whoever comes in will inherit a healthy Board and Trust to work with, and that is testament to both Robert and Jeff. 

Whilst the pandemic continues to hit the headlines, our heroes within the whole of UHBW, and indeed all across the whole of the NHS and social care sector, are working harder than ever to keep COVID-19 in check. You will have heard about the new variant, but we are in a stronger position now and the vaccines are helping to reduce the potency of COVID-19 for many people. If you haven’t done so yet, please get vaccinated, and if you have had the first two, when you are able to, please get the third dose or the booster.

Keep a look out in 2022 for our Health Matters Events where you will see some of us elected governors. They are amazing events which focus on particular subjects or conditions that affect many people and you have the chance to ask questions to the professionals. We will also have Governor elections taking place from March onwards and look forward to welcoming some new Governors into the Council soon after.

And finally, on behalf of everyone involved in the Council of Governors, I would like to wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year filled with hope, joy and peace, and please stay safe."

November 2021 +

This month’s governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for South Gloucestershire.

"Hello, my name is Ray, I am one of the Governor representatives for South Gloucestershire and this month I would like to present a brief view of the work we do. The Council of Governors play a key role at UHBW in helping to guide the development of services, holding the Non-executive Directors (NEDs) to account, and representing the views of our membership (this is all of you). The Council of Governors comprises elected public, elected staff and appointed Governors. They bring a mix of skills and experience together and have a commitment to contribute to our brilliant Trust in dealing with the major challenges now and in the future (a list of our Governors currently in post can be found here).

During the past year, in addition to the work of our governor groups (which focus on strategy, quality of care and membership and constitutional issues), we have been engaged with the NEDs on the role that our Trust will play in the new Integrated Care System (ICS). Governors are now also involved in the recruitment process for a new Trust Chair, after our Chair Jeff Farrar accepted the position of Chair of the ICS for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

Our Governor duties involve considerable amounts of reading to inform us on the matters we are dealing with. To assist us with this we have a brilliant membership support team. The team make sure our online meetings are organised, the minutes of meetings are distributed, training sessions are set up and membership analysis and recruitment is developed to ensure a balanced membership representation for each area. Health Matters Events are also organised by the team on a range of specialist subjects which the public attend, in addition to the Public Board of Directors and Council of Governors Meetings and the Annual Members’ Meeting.

UHBW deals with approximately 100,000 attendances each year, employing around 14,000 people with approximately 100 specialties across all our hospitals. The Trust’s staff aim to deliver care with compassion and skill. Governors are very aware that the challenge to do this is considerable, particularly at these times.

I feel privileged to know and work with my fellow Governors and the many dedicated people that we have contact with. The future is challenging but I believe working together as we do, developing new ways of operating like the ICS and involving new technologies and science, we can meet those challenges."

October 2021 +

This month’s governor report comes from one of our Public Governors for the Rest of England and Wales Constituency:

“Hi, I am Hessam Amiri. I was elected as a Public Governor in July 2019. From a young age, I spent a lot of my time visiting many different hospitals as a visitor of a patient – my oldest brother Hussain. During 2014 Hussain became a governor, but unfortunately he then became increasingly ill and passed away, too soon. That’s why I decided to become a governor too and help the NHS.

Since becoming a Governor, I have had the opportunity to be involved in some big decisions, such as the merger in 2020 of the Bristol and the Weston Trusts. Unfortunately, the hospitals were hit at the same time with COVID and the world had to radically change the way it worked. Our Governor work, for example, moved to all online meetings. It’s clear that the pandemic has made things very difficult for the hospitals and their staff, but I have learned that behind the scenes in the NHS and health sector there are so many people making sure that they provide the best service to the public even at the most difficult times. I hope I can continue as a Governor and support the Trust this year and hopefully longer too.

I would recommend that anyone who has their own opinions about the hospitals and how things can improve or who wants to make a difference should think about becoming a Governor. I would recommend that they reach out to the Trust which is here for the benefit of everyone in Bristol, Weston and the surrounding area. Governors are here to listen to all community voices and make sure they are heard within the Trust.”

September 2021 +

This month’s governor report comes from one our Appointed Governors for the Joint Union Committee.

"I remember when I attended my first Governor meeting with my fellow Governors and the Board of Directors including the Chief Executive Robert Woolley. I sat as the Joint Union Committee Governor at the end of the horse-shoe shaped table in Trust Headquarters (before COVID times)  as far apart as possible from the most senior leaders in our organisation scared I may get asked to speak, or worse even, have an opinion!

In my 15 years as a nurse assistant and therapy technician, I never thought that I would become a Governor, that there was a place for junior staff or someone like me, a lesbian, someone with a difference. I was surrounded by all the other public, staff, and youth governors, each representing their membership and holding the Non-executive Directors to account over the Trust’s strategy. I was in good company and made to feel very welcome. However, I felt a little intimidated and unprepared in the beginning.

Your Governors come from a broad variety of backgrounds and all bring different experiences to the role, but all have one thing in common: ensuring that the Trust invests in its people, treats them the way they deserve, with quality managers and leaders with clear and accessible goals and resources to support them.

I came to realise that there are plenty of spaces for people from all walks of life and you shouldn’t underestimate the voice that you can bring to make a change at a very senior level. I enjoyed the camaraderie between us all, and the ability to share in the difficult decisions and the knowledge of the challenges for the future.

I look back on my many years and attribute my increased self-worth and some of what I have to offer for the promotion I recently gained to the experiences of the Governor role. I aspire to living our values in my everyday life. I now realise how hard it is to be a senior person in an organisation, regardless of how much they are paid, and the very difficult and complex decisions and implementations of strategy they are responsible for. Challenging the Board of Directors to implement strategy takes dedication, knowledge, experience and a Governor group that can work well together, just like ours. Finally, I realised that Executives and senior people are human just like you and I, with their own struggle and their own journey.

So to my fellow governors I say thank you for the time I have spent with you. To Sarah Murch and Rachel Hartles and Kate Hanlon (who left for different pastures) for your unerring support and calmness in the face of the huge agenda UHBW follows and what you bring to us as Governors.

I learnt how to hold mechanisms in an organisation to account but perhaps more importantly I learnt to hold myself to account. I will miss being part of the Council of Governors, but I will be leaving to pursue my passion for the Trust in another way. So for all those junior staff, and those public members who may feel that they would not be able to be a governor, or those from protected characteristics, I say come and join us, you have a voice at UHBW. Use your voice and be part of the change!"

Previous Council of Governors Elections

The Trust held elections for 14 governor seats in 2022, with nominations open from 2 March - 30 March 2022, voting taking place from 25 April-19 May 2022, and new governors taking up office on 1 June. The results of the 2022 governor elections are here.

The Trust held elections for 11 governor seats in 2021, with nominations open from 4 March - 1 April 2021, voting taking place from 27 April-21 May, and new governors taking up office on 1 June. The results of the 2021 governor elections are here.

For more information about the governor role or the governor elections, please contact the Membership Team on foundationtrust@uhbw.nhs.uk or call 0117 34 23764.