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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.

Your governors

Your governors



Public governors (elected)


Irene Cooke

Angela Gill

Ian Jones


Dr Paul Ivan

Christopher Steele

Bill Wylie

Wirral South & Neston

Kevin Sharkey

Vacant seat

Wirral West

Veronica Cuthbert


Lynn Collins

Rest of England

Vacant seat 

Staff governors (elected)

Fiona Fleming

Fiona Davies

 Vacant seat

Appointed governors representing…



Healthwatch Wirral

Karen Prior

University of Chester

Eve Collins

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.


Council of Governors meetings 


Monday 9 September, 4.00 - 6.00pm, Training Suite, 3rd Floor, St Catherine’s Health Centre, Derby Road, Birkenhead CH42 0LQ.


The Council of Governors meetings are open to the general public. 


If you would like to attend or have any queries please contact the corporate office on 0151 514 2203.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 07 August 2019 10:28

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