Voting is set to start in our NHS Foundation Trust elections with 48 of their members having put themselves forward to become the first-ever Public Governors of the Royal United Hospital.
They will contest 11 seats on our Council of Governors across the RUH’s six constituencies – City of Bath, North East Somerset, Mendip, North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire, and the Rest of England and Wales.
Each of the constituencies will elect two Governors, apart from the Rest of England and Wales, which will elect one.
Governors act as representatives for their respective areas and provide a link with the wider community. Their role includes holding the Trust’s Board of Directors to account for our performance, delivering strategic plans, and meeting our core purpose and values.
Chairman Brian Stables says: “When we become an NHS Foundation Trust we will be accountable to the local community through our members and Governors.
“I’m delighted so many people have put themselves forward to become one of our Governors and I wish everybody standing the best of luck.
“This is your opportunity to vote for the candidate who you think will best represent your views. Please make sure you have your say and make your vote count.“
To find out more about the candidates standing in the elections go to their website, www.ruh.nhs.uk.
Voting packs will be distributed to all of the NHS Foundation Trust members on Wednesday 10th October, with all members who joined the RUH before 28th September 2012 eligible to vote. If you haven’t received your ballot papers by 17th October please contact the Membership Office on 01225 821299 or [email protected]
Completed ballot papers must be received by our returning officer, the Electoral Reform Services, before 5pm on Friday 2nd November 2012. Election results will be published on our website on Monday 5th November 2012.
At the same time as the public elections, staff are also voting to elect five members of staff to sit as Staff Governors on our Council of Governors.
The rest of the 21-seat Council will be made up of five Stakeholder Governors, with one governor from each of: NHS Bath and North East Somerset, NHS Wiltshire, Bath and North East Somerset Council, Wiltshire Council, and a university representative.