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Become a governor

To stand as a governor, you must first become a member. Joining is made easy by just completing the online membership application form (opens in new window).

Membership is open to the general public, individuals who have been service users of the trust’s services in the last 5 years or their carers, and to staff.

If you are a permanent staff member of RDaSH or have worked for RDaSH for more than a year, you are already a member and can nominate yourself to become a staff governor.

Council of governors

Members of the trust are elected to sit on the council of governors, playing a crucial strategic role in ensuring responsiveness and accountability to local people, staff, and partners. Governors utilise their knowledge, networks, and experience to inform the trust’s priorities and strategic decisions.

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The council of governors serves as a vital link between the board of directors and the members of the trust. Chaired by the chair of the board, this council meets in public at least four times a year.

The council of governors consists of a total of 41 RDaSH governor seats, collectively forming a dynamic and diverse body. These governor seats have specific role requirements and contribute to the effective functioning of the council. The roles and responsibilities encompass various aspects, including:

  • 26 public governors, elected by members in local communities, including Doncaster, Rotherham, North Lincolnshire, the rest of England, carers, and service users. These play a crucial role in representing the interests and perspectives of the wider public.
  • 6 staff governors, elected by employed individuals within the trust. Provide valuable insights into staff views, contributing first-hand experience to strategic discussions.
  • 9 appointed governors, nominated by partner organizations, including local authorities and academic sectors. These bring expert insights to the governance process, particularly in considerations related to care.

The role of the governor

Governors play a crucial role within the council of governors, discharging several statutory duties mandated by law and outlined in the trust’s constitution. Some key aspects of the governor’s role include:

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  • governors individually and collectively hold non-executive directors accountable for the performance of the board of directors
  • non-executive directors, as independent members of the board, collaborate with executives to establish ambitions, strategies, policies, and priorities for the trust. Governors hold them accountable for the delivery of these objectives
  • the council of governors appoints or removes the chair and other non-executive directors. A nomination committee assists in this process
  • governors approve the remuneration, allowances, and other terms and conditions of non-executive directors, relying on recommendations from the nominations committee
  • the council of governors works with the audit committee of the board of directors to appoint or remove the trust’s auditors
  • governors receive the annual accounts and the annual report, staying informed about the trust’s financial and operational status
  • governors approve the appointment of the chief executive, a decision made by non-executive directors
  • the council of governors approves applications to enter into a merger or acquisition above a certain financial level

For further inquiries about elections or nominating oneself in the future, please email Your involvement as a governor is integral to the trust’s governance and decision-making processes.

Page last reviewed: May 17, 2024
Next review due: May 17, 2025

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