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Election for governors

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.

Non-urgent advice: 2021 Governor Elections - final results

Voting has closed, and we are pleased to announce the final results of the 2021 election to the Council of Governors.

Congratulations to all successful candidates and thank you to everyone who put themselves forward and to all those who voted.

The election reports are available below for your information.

Our new Governors will start their new roles in July 2021.

If you are interested in putting yourself forward to become a patient, public or staff governor in the 2022 elections, please contact the Membership Office:

There are 19 elected governors on the Council of Governors. The remaining governors are appointed by other organisations such as Cambridge City Council and 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 2022, there will be 4 vacancies on the Council of Governors:

  • Two vacancies for patient governors (both with three-year terms of office)
  • One vacancy for public governors (with a three-year term of office)
  • One vacancy for staff governors (with a three-year term of office)

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.

Please note, you will need to have joined as a CUH Foundation Trust Member by the close of governor nomination period to be eligible to vote in the 2022 Council of Governor Elections.


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

All CUH staff 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: 

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.