Election for governors

Candidate governors are elected to our Council of Governors each year by Foundation Trust members.

Non-urgent advice: Elections during Covid-19

Due to the on-going situation with Covid-19, the Board of Directors has agreed, following consultation with the Council of Governors, to postpone the scheduled 2020 Council of Governors elections for a period of up to 12 months.

For further information please contact foundation.trust@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

There are 19 elected governors on the Council of Governors. The remaining governors are appointed by other organisations such as Cambridge City Council or the University of Cambridge.

Of the elected governors:

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

In 2020, there will be six vacancies on the Council of Governors.

  • Three vacancies for patient governors
  • Three vacancies for public governors
  • One vacancy for staff governors

Governors are normally elected for a term of three years, however some governors may a serve shorter term if they are replacing a governor who has stood down early. The elections are 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 2020 Council of Governor elections you need to become a member.  Public and patient members can join here. It's free and your chance to have a say in who will represent your views at Board level.

If you are individual providing services to the Trust such as honorary contract holders, you may be eligible to apply to be a staff member of the Trust. If you wish to apply for staff membership please email foundation.trust@addenbrookes.nhs.uk. Please note if you have a contract of employment with the Trust or are a volunteer with the Trust you are automatically a member of the Trust, unless it is a fixed term contract of less than 12 months in length.