Governors have an important role to play, although they are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the trust, and cannot veto decisions made by the Board of Directors.
Governors have two main areas of responsibility: holding the Board of Directors to account (their statutory responsibilities) and representing members.
- appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the Trust Chair and non-executive directors
- appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the trust's external auditors
- approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
- decide the pay and terms of office for the Trust Chair and non-executive directors
- receive the annual report and accounts
- contribute to the trust's annual plan
- ensure that the trust operates in accordance with our terms of authorisation
- hold the Board of Directors to account for the performance of the trust.
Governors communicate in two directions - they represent the interests of members to the trust, and they let members know what is happening at the trust. Governors are our link between our members and the directors who make decisions about our services.
Governors are responsible for representing the views of members and partner organisations to the Board of Directors, and feeding back information about the trust and its performance.