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Governors & constituencies

Governors & constituencies

The council of governors is a central part of a foundation trust.  It represents the interests of patients, public and staff and oversees the work of the Board in running the organisation. 

Governors help set the strategic direction of the Trust.  They are either elected by public and staff members or appointed by partner organisations.  


The council of governors can:


  • Appoint (or remove) the Trust’s Chairman and Non-Executive Directors
  • Approve the appointment of the Trust’s Chief Executive
  • Appoint the Trust’s external auditors
  • Agree salaries of Non-Executive Directors and the Chairman
  • Receive the annual report and accounts
  • Advise the board and represent members views about the strategic direction
  • Help the Trust to recruit members.


The Governors role does not include managing the day-to-day business of the Trust. This responsibility remains with the executive team.


Who will sit on our council of governors?


The majority of governors will be elected by public members but the council of governors will also include staff governors who are elected by our staff members and representatives from partner organisations. It will have up to 19 people, as shown below:


Governor Table


Who can become a governor?


Almost anyone who is 16 or over and lives in one of our four public constituencies (Birkenhead, Wallasey, Wirral South & Neston and Wirral West) can stand for election as a governor. The other members in that constituency will vote for the people they want to represent them.


Some people cannot become a governor, for example: a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence in the last five years and sentenced to  imprisonment for three months or more, someone who has been declared bankrupt and not discharged, or anyone who is on the sex offenders register.


Full details of the eligibility criteria, outlined in our draft constitution, can be obtained from the Membership Team on 0151 651 3939 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Information Sessions

Governor Information Sessions


We’re looking for enthusiastic people from across Wirral to join us as Governors and represent their local areas. We’re holding information sessions for anyone who wants to find out more about what being an NHS Governor involves and how the election process works.


By becoming a governor with Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust, you will represent the interests of your local community and help shape our plans for the future


If you’re interested and want to find out what’s involved then book your place on one of our governor information sessions:


Date  Time Location 
Monday 9 October 2017 6.00pm – 7.00pm Training Suite, St Catherine’s Health Centre, Birkenhead, CH42 0LQ
Thursday 12 October 9.30am – 10.30am Rehab Room 1, Ground Flr, Heart Support Service, St Catherine’s Health Centre, Birkenhead, CH42 0LQ

 If you’re unable to get to either session and are interested in knowing more, the presentation slides from the information sessions are available to download here.


Your governors

Your governors

We held our governor elections during September, October and November 2015.


Twenty-nine candidates stood for election in 13 seats. We also have six people appointed by partner organisations. Those people elected and appointed form the Council of Governors. They are:


Public governors (elected)


Irene Cooke

Ian Jones

Donald Shaw


Ann Barlow

Sara Braidwood

Bill Wylie

Wirral South & Neston

Kevin Sharkey

Irvita Sharma

Wirral West

Veronica Cuthbert

Lynn Collins

Staff governors (elected)

Norma Hayes

Tom Meade

Angela Price

Appointed governors representing…

Community Action Wirral

Annette Roberts

Healthwatch Wirral

Karen Prior

NHS England Local Area Team


University of Chester

Jan Gidman

Wirral Borough Council


Wirral CCG

Paul Edwards

The Council of Governors meet regularly to ensure that the interests of members and the public are represented within the trust, and to oversee the work of the Board of Directors.


View the results in each constituency:

Appointment of NEDs


Non Executive Directors (NEDs) are a vital part of the Trust Board providing independent judgement and advice, and help the executive board to enable the organisation to fulfil its leadership responsibilities to patients, for healthcare of the local community.


As a Foundation Trust our Council of Governors has responsibility for the appointment of NEDs. We have been working with the Governors to agree the process for Reappointment and Appointment, as from May this year all of our NEDs will be coming to the end of their existing terms of office. This process has commenced.


Resignation of Chairman, Frances Street


Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust has received the resignation of the Chairman, Frances Street and this was notified to the Council of Governors on 22 March 2017.


Frances has been chairman here since 2011 and prior to that held numerous significant senior positions across Wirral. We would like to thank her for her significant contribution over the years and wish her and her family well for the future.


The trust is now in the process of recruiting a new Chairman, and Chris Allen has been appointed as the trust’s Acting Chairman whilst the appointment process is completed.








Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2017 11:57

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