Governor elections

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Council of Governor elections 2021

Notice of Election (361kB)

Governor's Handbook (13Mb)

Three governors have made short videos about why they became a governor, what it involves, their hopes for the future and if they would recommend becoming a governor.  You can watch their videos using the links below.

Video 1

Video 3 

Governor Elections History:

2009 – We initially appointed our Council of Governors in November 2009, prior to being authorised as an NHS Foundation Trust, for a period of three years until November 2012.

2011 – Following by-elections held in February 2011, we elected a further 4 governors into vacant positions.

2012 – In December 2012, we successfully elected and re-elected into the initial Council of Governors, for a further three years until 30 November 2015.

2013 – In December 2013, we elected an additional 6 public Governors plus election/re-election of 2 public and 2 Service User Governors, for a period of three years until 30 November 2016.

2014 – In December 2014, we successfully elected 5 replacement Governors, 3 Public and 2 Adult Service User Governors commenced their term of office on 1st December 2014, for a period of three years until 30 November 2017.

2015 – In December 2015, we successfully elected/re-elected the following 10 governors:  2 Carers for Adult and Children & Young People’s Services, 1 Public Sunderland, 1 Public Newcastle/Rest of England and Wales, 2 Clinical Staff, 2 Non-Clinical Staff and 2 Service Users in Learning and Neuro Disability Services. Each governor commenced a 3 year term of office until 30 November 2018.

2016 – In April 2016, we successfully elected/re-elected the following 4 governors:  3 Carers for Adult, Learning Disability and Neuro Disability Services and 1 for Medical Staff .  Each governor commenced their term of office on 1 April 2016.