How to become a Governor

Governors have an important role in making the Trust publicly accountable for the services we provide. They are elected by GMMH members or appointed by one of our partnership organisations and form the Council of Governors. Appointed governors represent stakeholder organisations such as our local councils or charities.

Governors are responsible for representing the interests of members to the Trust’s Board of Directors. Members can be service users, their family members, carers, staff and members of the public.

Be part of our 'Outstanding' leadership

Our governors have a diverse range of knowledge, skills and experience, which is highly valued by the Trust.

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.

You may want to become a governor if you are interested in:

  • Improving health services in your area
  • Improving people’s understanding and awareness of GMMH services
  • Supporting GMMH’s work
  • Giving something back to your local community
  • Be an ambassador for GMMH
  • A challenging role that makes a difference.
  • Represent their particular constituency by finding out what people think of their services and how they could be improved

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

For more information about the Trust's Council of Governors, click here.