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Council of Governors

The Council of Governors is the collective body through which executive and non-executive directors explain and justify their actions. It works closely with the Trust Board to make sure services are meeting the needs of the local community.

The Council of Governors consists of 22 governors who gather the views of the hospital's members and give them a voice at the highest level of the organisation. These representatives have certain roles and responsibilities and must carry out statutory duties.

The main role of the council is to:

  • Advise the board of directors of the views of the membership community
  • Comment on the development of strategic plans for the hospital
  • Act in a trustee role making sure the hospital meets its obligations.

In addition some of the statutory responsibilities of the council include:

  • Appointing the chair and non-executive directors of the Trust
  • Agreeing the appointment of the chief executive of the Trust
  • Appointing the Trust's auditors.

More details about being a governor can be found under the information for governors section of the gov.uk website 

Become a member to nominate yourself and be involved in future Council of Governors' elections.

For further details of the Council of Governors please contact the corporate affairs team on 023 8120 3763. You can also email your governor at UHSgovernor@uhs.nhs.uk

The Council of Governors is broken down into the following groups:

Council of Governors' constituencies
Type of constituency Name of constituency
Public (elected)
  • Southampton City - five governors
  • New Forest, Eastleigh and Test Valley - four governors
  • Isle of Wight - one governor
  • Rest of England and Wales - three governors
Staff (elected)
  • Medical and dental - one governor
  • Non-clinical and support staff - one governor
  • Nursing and midwifery - one governor
  • Other clinical staff - one governor
Stakeholder (appointed)
  • Hampshire County Council - one governor
  • Southampton City Council - one governor
  • Solent University - one governor
  • University of Southampton - one governor
  • Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight CCG - one governor

The council of governors has established a governors’ nominations committee and three working groups: patient and staff experience group, strategy and finance group and membership and engagement group.

Governors’ nomination committee

The governors’ nomination committee is a committee established by the council of governors responsible for advising and/or making recommendations to the council of governors on:

  • the appointment and reappointment of the chair and non-executive director positions on the board of directors
  • the remuneration, allowances and other terms and conditions of the chair and non-executive directors
  • the evaluation of the performance of the chair and non-executive directors
  • the approval of the appointment of the chief executive officer by the board of directors’ remuneration and appointment committee.

The terms of reference for the committee are available below.