Our council of governors represent the interests of the communities we serve, and is made up of patients, public, staff and local public sector organisations.  

Its role is to ensure the voice of our members, the public, patients and staff is used to inform our trust’s decisions and improve medical care and patient experience.

The council also acts as a source of ideas about how we can best provide healthcare services to meet the needs of members and the wider local community, and ensures we follow NHS values, principles and the terms of our provider licence.

Governors are not paid but reasonable expenses, which do not include loss of earnings, will be reimbursed for travel to meetings or other locations as part of their governor responsibilities. 

Read our governors' travelling expenses document to find out more

Our council of governors:

  • Work with our board to produce plans for the future development of our trust.
  • Represent our members’ views. 
  • Receive copies of our annual accounts, auditor’s reports and annual reports at a public meeting.
  • Agree the payment levels of non-executive directors (including the chairman).
  • Appoint/remove the chairman, non-executive directors and our external auditor.
  • Approve the appointment of the chief executive.
  • Ensure our board acts in accordance with our trust’s identified aims and fulfils the requirements of NHS England.
  • Act in an advisory capacity to contribute to the strategic direction of our trust.
  • Adhere to our code of conduct.
  • Attend meetings of the council of governors (four a year) as well as extraordinary council meetings and governor induction sessions.
  • Attend the annual general meeting and any other meetings identified by the council.

Governors also have the opportunity to sit as observers on board committees, chair Medicine for Members' events  and hold 'governors' surgeries' to engage with our members. 

If you would like to contact the governors, please email our lead governor, Sneha Bedi, at rf.governors@nhs.net.

The council of governors is not responsible for the day-to-day running of our trust, which is the responsibility of our board.

Results for the election that closed at 5pm on Thursday 21 September 2023,

Patient constituency

Number of electronic and postal ballots issued

5,761

Total number of votes cast

1,442

Turnout

25.03%

The election was conducted using the single transferable vote system and the following candidates were elected as members of the council of governors.

Linda Bogod

Elected (stage 1)

Michelle Wayne

Elected (stage 5)

Julian Goodkin

Elected (stage 5)

Public (Camden, Barnet, Enfield and Hertfordshire) constituency

Number of electronic and postal ballots issued

11,758

Total number of votes cast

2,170

Turnout

18.45%

The election was conducted using the single transferable vote system and the following candidates were elected as members of the council of governors.

Gisela Botelho Elected

(stage 1)

Sean Baine Elected

(stage 18)

Jane Gizbert Elected

(stage 18)

Vishaal Virani Elected

(stage 18)

 

 

Staff constituency

Number of electronic and postal ballots issued

14,386

Total number of votes cast

1,746

Turnout

12.14%

The election was conducted using the single transferable vote system and the following candidates were elected as members of the council of governors.

Vijendra Ingle

Elected (stage 10)

Annette Heslop

Elected (stage 10)

Justin Alpha

Elected (stage 10)

Paul Phillips

Elected (stage 10)

Jackie Robinson

Elected (stage 10)

If you have any questions about the election process, please email rf.membership@nhs.net.