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Election News 2020


In the last two months the Trust has undertaken its annual round of Governor elections. A number of current Governors were at the end of their current term and these seats, along with any already vacant seats were included.

Nominations were received and a number of seats filled ‘automatically’ (uncontested nominations), but the fantastic interest from Doncaster Public members meant that we had to hold an election with all the relevant members voting for their preferred Governor – choosing two from five nominations.

As a result of this round of elections the changes to the Council of Governors are summarised below:

The following Governors have come to the end of their term of office and have not sought to be re-elected:

  • John Carter
  • Peter Vargas
  • Peter Barr
  • Susan Hodgson
  • Brendan Fox
  • Karen Biddle

The Trust would like to thank them all for their contribution and involvement whilst they were Governors at the Trust.

The following Governors came to the end of their term but did seek re-election and have been re-elected:

  • Helen Ward, Mental Health Service User
  • George Baker, North East Lincolnshire Public
  • Joan Cox, Community Services Carer

We also welcome Diana Foster, who will be a new Mental Health Carer Governor.

As stated above, the election for two Doncaster Public Governors took place and ended a week or so ago and we now welcome Marie McClay and Richard Rimmington as Doncaster Public Governors.

An induction process will be taking place for all new Governors. Full details of the Council of Governors can be found at


If you want to know more about the Governor role, then here are some frequently asked questions and Governor video:

Watch this short video to find out from some of our Governors why they volunteer. 

Do Governors need special skills to nominate themselves?

You need to:

  • Be over the age of 16
  • Have an interest in your local health services
  • Have good interpersonal skills to communicate with a range of people
  • Have enthusiasm, commitment and can work as a team.
  • Can draw on experiences in other roles, for example volunteering, at work or in your personal life.

If you are a service user/patient or carer then you will have used our services in the last five years or cared for someone who has.

How much time will it take?

It is important that the time commitment is not underestimated when deciding whether or not to stand for election.

  • Four formal meeting each year (one of which will incorporate the Annual  Members Meeting)
  • Attendance at public meetings and events
  • Working groups and committees
  • Visits to services
  • Attending training to support you in carrying out your role
  • Attending members drop ins or community events.

Email to ask for any further information or to arrange a call to discuss this exciting opportunity.