The first ever council of governors for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has been elected.
From a strong field of 84 candidates 15 people were elected to represent the Trust members in eight geographical areas and four were elected to represent staff members. They will join a further nine invited partner governors.
Trust chairman Alan McCarthy said: “My congratulations go to all our new governors. Our board of directors are looking forward to working with them and I know the range and wealth of skills and experience they bring to the role will be invaluable.”
The council of governors plays an important role, linking the Trust to the communities it serves across east Surrey and West Sussex. It also represents the views of Trust members to the board of directors and oversees the activities of the Trust.
The Governors also have key responsibilities including the appointment or removal of the chair and non-executive directors and approving the appointment of the chief executive.