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Council of Governors elections 2022

Council of Governors elections will commence in January 2022 to elect both public and staff governors.

Our public and staff governors are elected by the membership and are responsible for representing the interests of Foundation Trust members, our patients and community.

The Council is made up of 30 governors, plus a Chair who is also the Chair of the Board of Directors. There are 16 elected public governors, six elected staff governors, and eight governors appointed by local organisations that the Trust works closely with.

Our governors are very important to the Trust; they play a fundamental role in improving services, advising the Trust about the needs of our community and staff, and hold our non-executive directors to account.


We have vacancies for both public and staff governors in the following constituencies.

Public constituency

  • Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire: 1
  • Cherwell: 1
  • Oxford City: 1
  • Northamptonshire and Warwickshire: 1
  • Rest of England and Wales: 1
  • South Oxfordshire: 1
  • Vale of White Horse: 1
  • West Oxfordshire: 1

Staff constituency

  • Staff - Clinical: 2
  • Staff - Non-clinical: 1

Election process

Elections are conducted independently of the Trust by a company with expertise in running local government elections and elections for other Foundation Trusts.


The timetable that the elections will follow is below.

  • Publication of Notice of Election
    Thursday 6 January 2022
  • Deadline for Receipt of Nominations
    5.00pm Monday 24 January 2022
  • Publication of Statement of Nominations
    Tuesday 25 January 2022
  • Deadline for Candidate Withdrawals
    Thursday 27 January 2022
  • Notice of Poll / Issue of Ballot Packs
    Tuesday 8 February 2022
  • Close of Poll
    5.00pm Thursday 3 March 2022
  • Declaration of Result
    Friday 4 March 2022

Once elected, governors will take part in an induction programme which will include information about their role, learning from the experience of other governors, and clarity about their responsibilities and those which are exercised by the Board of Directors.

Every public member living in the constituencies above; and staff members in the clinical and non-clinical constituency will have a right to vote and stand for the role of governor in the constituency that they live in.

Candidates will be given the opportunity to provide an election statement consisting of no more than 250 words, to introduce themselves to members and why they wish to join the Council of Governors, and what qualities they could bring to the role.

UK Engage will run the elections, to ensure that they take place completely impartially. Nominations and ballot papers are handled by them, and they send out information to all members to enable them to vote (including the candidates’ statements relevant to the voter's constituency).

To participate in the election as a candidate or voter you must be a member of the Trust or be a staff member in the clinical or non-clinical constituency on or before the closing date for the receipt of nominations which is Monday 24 January 2022.

Contact UK Engage

Tel: 0345 209 3770



The deadline for completed nominations is 5.00pm on Monday 24 January 2022.

Useful documents

Constitution (pdf)

NHS foundation trust governors and members: documents and guidance (pdf) -

Last reviewed:15 November 2021