To stand in our Governor elections you must be a member of the Trust. Anyone can join us as a member, but you must be aged 16 or over to become a Governor. 

If you'd like to stand but aren't already a member just click here to find out how to join us. 

You don't need any qualifications to become a Governor, you just need to be interested in the services we provide, have time to attend meetings and represent one of the constituencies listed below.

We have 12 seats available on the Council of Governors in the following constituencies:

  • Public South West (x1) - Gleadless Valley, Dore and Totley, Fulwood, Graves Park, Nether Edge, Ecclesall, Beauchief and Greenhill, Crookes
  • Public South East (x2) - Arbourthorne, Beighton, Birley, Darnall, Manor Castle, Mosborough, Richmond, Woodhouse
  • Public North West (x1) - Broomhill, Central, Hillsborough, Stannington, Stocksbridge and Upper Don, Walkley
  • Public Rest of England (x1) - all electoral wards outside Sheffield but within England
  • Service User (x2) - must hadve used the Trust's services within the past five years
  • Young Service User or Carer (x2) - must have used or cared for someone who has used the Trust's services within the last five years
  • Staff (x1) - Allied Health Professionals
  • Staff (x1) - Support Work
  • Staff (x1) - Clinical Support 

It is essential that our Council of Governors represent the diverse people that live and work in Sheffield. We'd especially like to hear from anyone from a BAME background and people with a learning disability. 

If you move out of the constituency you represent during your term, for example you move house or change role, you will have to step down. You must also meet our 'fit and proper person' criteria which is explained when you fill in your nomination form. 


What does being a Governor involve

Our Governors play a crucial role in holding the Trust to account and helping us make important decisions. It's a real opportunity to get involved in the NHS in a meaningful and interesting way, and ask questions on how we're performing. 

As a Governor you will help us:

  • appoint or remove our Chair, Non-Executive Directors and auditors
  • approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • agree the remuneration and terms and conditions for Non-Executive Directors and the Chair
  • receive the Trust’s annual financial accounts, Annual Report and auditor reports
  • hold Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • comment on the Trust’s priorities
  • make sure members’ views are heard when setting priorities
  • represent the views of members, staff and the local community

As a minimum we expect Governors to be able to attend:

  • most of our Council of Governors meetings - these are held five times a year usually on a Thursday at 2.45pm
  • our Annual Members Meeting which is held in September every year
  • an annual development session held with our Board of Directors
  • a minimum of two training days a year
  • various committee or project meetings depending on your interests and skills
  • community engagement meetings or events in your local area or across the city

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, we recommend taking a look at the Governwell book for prospective Governors

How to stand in the election

If you'd like to put yourself forward as a candidate in the election we recommend that you get in touch with us to have a chat about what the role involves. 

Normally we'd invite you to come and meet us in person and come along to a workshop, but with social distancing in place we'll give you a call and speak on the phone. 

To stand in the election you must complete a nomination form by clicking here.


Election timetable

The Governor elections are only open for a short period. If you're thinking about standing make sure you get your nomination form submitted as soon as possible. 

  • Publication of notice of election - Monday 22 June 2020
  • Deadline for the receipt of nominations - Monday 20 July 2020
  • Notice of poll and issue of ballot packs - Tuesday 04 August 2020
  • Close of poll - Thursday 27 August 2020
  • Declaration of result - Friday 28 August 2020

Find out more

If you have any questions about the elections, our Council of Governors or what's involved in becoming a member just drop us a call on 0114 271 88825 or email 

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