Council of Governors

The role of the Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is the public's representative body who support NELFT to remain close to the communities we serve. The Council is made up of 22 public governors, staff governors and appointed governors (people from NELFT partner organisations). They are responsible for representing our members’ interests and ensuring  their opinions on the development of NELFT are heard at board level.

The Council of Governors specific duties include:

  • approving the appointment of the chief executive
  • appointing or removing the chair and non-executive directors
  • agreeing the pay levels for the chair and non-executive directors
  • appointing and, if appropriate, removing the trust’s auditors
  • receiving the trust’s annual report and accounts
  • inputting into strategic plans and new developments
  • working collaboratively with the trust to ensure good governance
  • holding the non-executive directors to account for the performance of the board of directors
  • approving significant financial or property transactions
  • reviewing proposals to increase the proportion of non NHS income as part of their approval of the forward plan: governors can block increases of over 5%
  • representing the views of members, carers, service users and staff to our board of directors
  • working with the membership team to promote and develop membership of the NELFT