Who can stand for election?

Governors provide an essential link between the Trust, its members and the communities we serve. Governors are asked to contribute their passion, experience and enthusiasm to our work, whilst holding the Board to account for the Trust’s performance. Some of the statutory duties of governors include giving views on the Trust’s forward plans; approving significant transactions; appointing the Trust’s Chair and Non-Executive Directors and approving their remuneration and other terms and conditions of office; approving the appointment of the Chief Executive; and representing the interests of members.

Elections are usually held each year and at the start of the election process, a formal notice is published, inviting eligible members to stand for election to the Governor seat(s) that are open.  The formal notice includes the contact details of the external company who facilitates our election process (to request a Nomination Form).  Ballot papers are then sent to members who in turn vote for the candidate(s) that they wish to be elected to our Council of Governors.

To be able to stand for election you must be a member of the Trust in the constituency for which you wish to be elected.  We want as many people as possible to be members of our Foundation Trust (members of the public, service users/patients, carers, staff, colleagues from other organisations, friends and family of our existing members etc.) so that we can fully represent the views and opinions of the people in our local communities and provide the services people need.

To be able to stand for election, you must:

  • Be a member of the organisation
  • Be 16 years or older
  • Agree to carry out your duties if elected as a Governor
  • Have read the disqualification criteria and made sure that none of them apply to you
  • Have completed and returned your nomination form, election statement and photo

The Trust is keen to represent all areas of the community on the Council of Governors, and welcomes interest from anyone within the various constituencies. We provide a comprehensive induction programme and ongoing support for our Council of Governors.

You can see details of our current governors here and our previous elections here.


2021 Council of Governor Elections

2021 Council of Governor Elections

After an unprecedented 18 months across the NHS, we are pleased to announce that our 2021 Council of Governor Elections are open! 

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, we know we have a very important role in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the communities we service.  We would appreciate your support as a Governor to ensure we are delivering the best services we can when people need us the most.

Governors have an important role in making GMMH publicly accountable for the services we provide.  They are elected by GMMH Foundation Trust members and form the Council of Governors.  They are responsible for representing the views and interests of members to the Trust’s Board of Directors as well as having formal roles in appointing the Trust’s chair and supporting the appointment of the chief executive.

We have 5 seats up for election on our Council of Governors – following the transfer of Wigan Borough and GM services from North West Healthcare Boroughs NHS FT, we delighted to have two seats for this constituency. 





Wigan Borough x 2

Service User and Carer

x 1


Nursing x1

Psychological Therapies x 1

Becoming a governor provides a great opportunity to drive improvements in our mental health services, support our work and directly influence issues which affect you and your constituents. 

Anyone can be a governor so long as they are 16 years old or over and a member of the Trust.  Anyone can become a member of the Trust by registering online at https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/how-to-become-a-member, emailing membership@gmmh.nhs.uk or calling 0161 358 1607.  Becoming a member is a great way to learn about more opportunities to get involved with the Trust and help to challenge stigma and discrimination.  It also means you get to vote for who you want to represent you on the Council of Governors.

To become a governor, all you have to do is complete a nomination form and send an election statement and photo by 5pm on Thursday 19 August 2021. 

If you would like to stand for election, contact our election administrator, UK Engage, to receive a nomination form.  To nominate yourself online or download a nomination form, visit: https://hub.ukevote.uk/gmmh

How to contact UK Engage:

  • Telephone: 0345 209 3770 (costs may vary according to your telephone contact)
  • Email: gmmh@uk-engage.org
  • Post: UK Engage, 10 Acorn Business Park, Heaton Lane, Stockport, SK4 1AS


  • Notice of Election: Tuesday 3 August 2021
  • Deadline for receipt of completed nomination forms: Thursday 19 August 2021
  • Ballot papers sent to members of the Trust: Monday 6 September 2021
  • Voting closes: Wednesday 29 September 2021.

For more information about the elections, please visit www.gmmh.nhs.uk/governor-elections