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As a Foundation Trust, we have a Council of Governors which is composed of governors elected by public and staff members as well as appointed representatives from local organisations that we work with.

The Trust is accountable through our membership and Council of Governors to our local communities.

The Council of Governors is chaired by the Trust's Chairman and comprises:

  • 15 Public governors (elected by the public members)
  • six Staff governors (elected by the staff members)
  • eight Stakeholder governors (appointed by stakeholder organisations).

The governors play a valuable role by holding our Non-executive Directors to account, ensuring that the interests of the Trust's members are taken into account and helping to shape our plans for the future.

Oxford University Hospitals' Council of Governors was set up with an election cycle of alternate years so that not all the governors are up for election at once. This is to maintain some continuity and experience on the Council.

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

Public constituency Governor vacancy

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire
Cherwell 1
Oxford City 1
Northamptonshire and Warwickshire 1
South Oxfordshire 1
Vale of White Horse 1
West Oxfordshire 1
Rest of England and Wales 1
Staff constituency  
Staff - Clinical 2
Staff - Non-clinical 1

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.

In order 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 Wednesday 18 July 2018.

Not a member?

You can become a member online or call 01865 743491 and ask for a membership form to be posted to you.

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.

Event Date
Publication of Notice of Election Tuesday 26 June 2018
Deadline for Receipt of Nominations
5.00pm Wednesday 18 July 2018
Publication of Statement of Nominations Thursday 19 July 2018
Deadline for Candidate Withdrawals Monday 23 July 2018
Notice of Poll / Issue of Ballot Packs Monday 20 August 2018
Close of Poll 5.00pm Thursday 13 September 2018
Declaration of Result Friday 14 September 2018

Once they are elected the governor 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.

Contact UK Engage

Election documents

Useful documents