Become a Governor

Governors play a vital role in representing the interests of their constituency, improving services, and holding the Trust accountable

A strong and dynamic mental health offer for our diverse communities has never been more important; and our governors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, to make a tangible impact on how mental health services are run.

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You may be a great fit as a governor if you are passionate about:

  • Being an ambassador for mental health, dementia, and/or addiction.
  • Representing your constituency by finding out what people think of health services and how they could be improved
  • Improving people’s understanding and awareness of GMMH’s services
  • Representing the interests of members; who can be service users, their family members, carers, staff and members of the public.
  • Giving something back to your local community

Our Governors are elected by GMMH members or appointed by one of our partnership organisations, and form the Council of Governors.

There are different types of governors that represent the Trust:

  • Staff governors work for the Trust and are close to operational issues
  • Service user/carer governors have lived experience of our services, either through care and treatment they have received personally or through care and treatment provided to a family member or friend
  • Public governors represent the voice and opinion of our general public in relation to the services we provide, the views of the local community, environmental issues etc.

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How to become a Governor

No specific qualifications are required to be a governor. However, commitment to the role and a desire to make a difference at this crucial time is key. If you are 16 years old or over you can nominate yourself for election to the Council of Governors.

Governors are elected to the council of governors from the public, service user, carer and staff constituencies. Elected governors serve a three year term on the council of governors.

Elections are held every year in those constituencies where there are vacancies.

Governors are also appointed by partner organisations.

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As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust