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Become a Governor

The Role of a Governor

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has a Council of Governors which consists of 29 Governors comprising:

  • 15 elected public Governors
  • 7 elected staff/volunteer Governors
  • 7 appointed partner Governors

The Council of Governors are responsible for representing the interests of the Trust's members and partner organisations.  The Council meets formally on four occasions during the year and annually at the Annual Members and Annual General Meeting.

What does being a Governor Involve?

The Council of Governors allows members to become more involved in the work of the Trust. They represent the views of trust members, and the public, and have a say in the future delivery and development of services at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Standing for Election

To become a public member, you must be at least 16 years old or over and live in one of five public constituencies, as denoted by your postcode and are not eligible to become a member of the staff constituency.  The five constituencies are:

  • Ashfield
  • Mansfield
  • Newark & Sherwood
  • Derbyshire
  • Rest of East Midlands

The Staff constituency is divided into four areas and is open to staff directly employed by the Trust who have contracts for 12 months or more.  The four constituencies are:

  • King's Mill & Mansfield Community Hospitals
  • King's Mill & Mansfield Community Hospitals Volunteer
  • Newark Hospital
  • Newark Hospital Volunteer

There are no specific qualifications or skills required, and no experience of board level responsibility necessary. You just need to be willing to be involved and represent the people in your area. Governors will be appointed for a specific period of office.

The next Governor election will be taking place in 2019.  Please contact Anna Sweeney on 01623 622515 extension 4360 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.