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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.  


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



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)




Irene Cooke

Ian Jones


Dr Paul Ivan

Christopher Steele

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 for Public and Staff Governors

View the results in each constituency:


Upcoming elections 

Would you like to be a Governor? 

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust are inviting members, patients and carers to stand as a Public Governor. 

The vacancies are in the following constituencies:

  • Birkenhead
  • South Wirral/Neston
  • Wallasey (tbc)
  • West Wirral
  • Rest of England

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: Friday, 20 September 2019 15:33

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