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2024 Governor Elections

Candidate governors are elected to our Council of Governors each year by Foundation Trust members. Governors are the interface between the Trust membership – patients, public and staff – and the Board of Directors who have operational responsibility for running our hospitals.

There are 19 elected governors on the Council of Governors:

  • Eight are from the patient membership
  • Seven are from the public membership
  • Four are from the staff membership

The remaining governors are appointed by other organisations such as Cambridge City Council and the University of Cambridge.

Elections are held annually in April/May.

To stand for election or vote, you will need to become a CUH Foundation Trust Member.

2024 Governor Elections details

There are two staff, three public and three patient vacancies on the Council of Governors up for election.

The full election timetable is below. Nominations will open on Monday 26 February 2024 and close on Monday 25 March 2024 at 5pm.

If you wish to stand for election, please email the CUH foundation office to register interest.

Join our briefing session on Wednesday 28 February via Microsoft Teams to learn more about the elections process and the impactful role of a governor. Register by emailing the CUH Foundation office.

  • Patient and public - 12-1pm
  • Staff - 5-6pm.

Apply to become a patient, public or staff governor (opens in a new tab).

Non-urgent advice: Timetable for CUH 2024 Governor Elections

The election of 2 Staff Governors, 3 Public Governors and 3 Patient Governors (All three year terms).

Notice of Election – nomination papers available from Civica

Monday 26 February 2024

Governor awareness session for potential candidates via Microsoft Teams

Wednesday 28 February 2024 (12-1pm) – patient and public members

Wednesday 28 February 2024 (5-6pm) – staff members

Deadline for nominations to be submitted

5pm, Monday 25 March 2024

Last date for receipt of registration forms from new members

5pm, Monday 25 March 2024

Civica to publish statement of candidates upon validation

Thursday 28 March 2024

CUH/MES to transfer any additional data from new members to Civica

Thursday 28 March 2024

Last date for candidate withdrawal

12:00 noon – Wednesday 10 April 2024

Notice of Poll published – ballot papers dispatched by Civica

Monday 22 April 2024

Closing date for election

5pm, Monday 20 May 2024

Election result announced

Tuesday 28 May 2024

Induction for new governors

Thursday 20 June 2024

Council of Governors meeting for new Governors to attend (as observers only)

Wednesday 26 June 2024

Term begins for new governors

Monday 1 July 2024

Questions and answers

What is a Governor?

Governors have an interest in the care we provide at CUH and are dedicated to help us provide high-quality services to our local community.

Governors play an important role as they are a link between our Trust membership (patient, public and staff) and the Board of Directors who have the operational responsibility for running our hospitals. One of the key duties of a governor is to be an effective voice to represent our Foundation Trust members’ views and needs where decisions are being made.

What does the role involve?

Governors will attend meetings and discussions to contribute towards the work and future developments of the trust as well as being responsible for holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board. Whilst Governors are expected to work collaboratively together in the best interests of the Trust, they are also for representing the interests of the constituency from which they have been elected or appointed.

They are also invited to join member’s events such as listening sessions, hosting Medicine for Members lectures and more.

What support are provided for Governors to help them carry out their duties?

Governors will be provided with the necessary training and support to get started in the role, and continue to develop once elected or appointed.

How much commitment is required?

The Trust recognises that all Governors will have different amounts of time to commit to the role.

The absolute minimum involvement is attending one in three Council of Governor meetings, but to be effective in the role, Governors are encouraged to get involved in a wider range of activities.

How does the election process work?

Governors are normally elected for a term of three years. However, some governors may serve a shorter term, for example if they are replacing a governor who has stood down early. The elections are usually staggered so each year approximately one third of the governors in each constituency are up for elections.

If the number of candidates in a particular membership constituency is equal to or less than the number of vacancies, the candidates are elected unopposed. If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies, an election is held.

If an election is held, ballot papers are sent (hard copy or electronically) to all members in the particular constituency. Each member will receive one vote per vacancy in their constituency. At the conclusion of the ballot, the highest scoring candidate/s will be elected to the Council of Governors.

If you would like to vote in the Council of Governor elections you need to become a member.  Public and patient members can join today by completing the online application form. It's free and your chance to have a say in who will represent your views on the Council.

Can I become a Foundation Trust member and vote in the elections if I work at CUH?

All CUH employees and volunteers are automatically members of our Foundation Trust and are part of the staff constituency. You are entitled to vote in the upcoming Council of Governors elections – and stand for election to represent the views of staff.

Can I become a member of the Trust and vote if I provide a service or have an honorary contract?

If you are individually providing services to the Trust such as honorary contract holders, you may be eligible to apply to be a staff Foundation Trust member. If you wish to apply for staff membership please email the CUH foundation office. Please see their details at the top of this page.

What if I am a volunteer or have contract employment at CUH? Can I become a member and vote in the upcoming elections?

If you have a contract of employment with the Trust or are a volunteer with the Trust you are automatically a (staff) member of the Trust, unless it is a fixed term contract of less than 12 months in length.

How do I become a Foundation Trust member?

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