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Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is composed of public governors who are elected by the public members, staff governors who are elected by the staff of the Trust and appointed governors who are nominated by our partnership organisations.  

The Council of Governors is chaired by our Trust Chair, Lynne Hunt.  They meet four times a year and the meetings are open to the public. 

Governors give their time voluntarily but the Trust enables and supports them to fulfill their responsibilities.

The statutory duties of the Council of Governors are:

  • to hold the trust's non-executive directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.
  • to represent the interests of the members of the trust as a whole and the interests of the public.
  • to appoint the Chair and other non-executive directors and decide their pay and conditions; to approve the appointment of the Chief Executive; to appoint the Auditors and to receive the annual report and accounts.

The Board of Directors and Council of Governors work closely together. The governors agree the strategic direction and key plans of the trust and its services and represent the views of the trust’s members.

How to contact a governor

  • Contact governors using the details shown on their profiles
  • Contact the centralised inbox at corporate.governance@southernhealth.nhs.uk
  • Call 023 8087 4314  and leave a message with the Corporate Governance Team to pass onto a Governor
  • Write to a governor c/o Corporate Governance office, Sterne 7, Tatchbury Mount, Calmore, Southampton, SO40 2RZ
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