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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.  

 

Roles and responsibilities

 

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 20 people, as shown below:

 

Governor group Representing No of Governors
Staff (elected) All staff

3

 

Public (elected)

Birkenhead 3

Wallasey 3

Wirral South & Neston 2

Wirral West 2

Rest of England 1

11 (in total)
Appointed Partners & Stakeholders

(up to 6)

 

 

Who can become a governor?

 

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

 

To be eligible to become a Governor you need to register as a member of the Trust. Please click here to go through to the Membership page where you can join. (Please add link to Membership page)

 

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.

 

Your governors

Your governors

 

 

Public Governors (elected)

 

 

Birkenhead

Irene Cooke

Ian Jones

Vacant seat

Wallasey

Dr Paul Ivan

Vacant seat

Bill Wylie

 

Wirral South & Neston

Kevin Sharkey

Vacant seat 

Wirral West

Lynn Collins

Vacant seat

Rest of England

Vacant seat

 

Staff Governors (elected)

 

Fiona Davies

Fiona Fleming

Vacant seat

 

Appointed Governors representing...

Wirral CCG

Paul Edwards

University of Chester

Eve Collins

Healthwatch Wirral 

Karen Prior

 

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. To get in touch with your local governor please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01521 514 2203.

Council of Governors meetings

Council of Governors meetings

 

The Council of Governors meetings are open to the general public.  If you would like to attend or have any queries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0151 514 2203.

Elections

 

The Council of Governor Elections are now open to members.  Being a governor is a vital role; you will be the voice that represents our members and help shape the future of our Trust, improving the experience our patients receive. If this is something you would like to do, please put yourself forward today.

 

For a full list of vacant seats and constituencies please click through to the Notice of Election >>

 

As Returning Officer, UK Engage, will be managing this election on behalf of Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust. If you would like to put your name forward to sit on the Council of Governors, you will need to complete a nomination form.

 

The easiest way to do this is to complete our online nomination form. Which you can access here >>

 

Alternatively, you can request a nomination pack by phone or email and UK Engage will send it to you.

 

If you have any other questions about the nomination process, please contact UK Engage.

 

You can also complete a nomination form by downloading it here>>. Once you have filled it in, please post it to UK Engage.

 

Nominations for this election will close on the Thursday 31 October 2019, 5.00pm.


If you have any other questions about the nomination process, please contact UK Engage.

uk engage contact details

 

Or Write to: UK Engage, House, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport SK4 1AS

 

 

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 fulfill 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.

 

 

 

Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust Constitution

 

Last Updated: Monday, 14 October 2019 10:42

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