Why I applied to become a governor
I have worked for NTW for 14 years and have worked in the workforce department, I currently work as the workforce and OD manager. I applied to be a governor as I wanted to contribute more to the wider Trust and play a part in shaping and developing the outstanding Trust that I proudly work for. Mental Health services play a big part of my life and have done for the past 20 years. Without them I would not be writing this.
What being a governor involves
Being a governor involves meeting and working with so many people who all want to make a difference to the people we serve, carers, service users, staff and the general public.
We have a statutory duty to “hold the non-executive directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the board of directors” but our role is much more than that.
We get to attend the staff awards and see all the wonderful achievements our staff have accomplished over the year. We attend lots of different groups and I have the privilege of representing our non-clinical staff group, who also make a difference to the people we serve. So many times I hear feedback from service users and ward staff, to say how the domestic who cleaned their ward or area made such a positive impact on the service user.
Why you would recommend to a member to stand as a governor
It’s simple you will be amazing and make a difference. The support you get is great and you will meet some great people who all want to make a difference.