Governor Election 2017 - on hold during Purdah


We have taken the decision to put our current governor election on hold during Purdah (also known as the pre-election period) leading up to the 2017 UK general election on 8 June. This decision has been made following best advice from NHS Providers and NHS Improvement.  

We aim to recommence our election as soon possible after Purdah, and therefore hope that nominations will open on Monday 19th June. In the unlikely event that the purdah period extends beyond a few days after the general election we will issue further notice. 

Hear from our Governors



Would you like to make a difference by becoming a Governor? 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is soon to be holding an election to the Council of Governors. This is an exciting opportunity to represent the interests of Foundation Trust members and partner organisations from the local community.

As a Governor you will be able to:

  • Ensure there is robust challenge about the strategic direction of the Trust, its vision and how it is performing
  • Share with the Board and Council the views of the local people you represent
  • Actively seeking out what they think about the services provided by Sussex Partnership
  • Participate in meetings of the Council of Governors, its Committees, Governor Training Days and Joint Council of Governors/Board of Directors to represent the views of your constituencies and undertake the statutory duties of a Governor  
The Election process is being run by the Electoral Reform Service and nomination forms will be available from Monday 19 June 2017 (after Purdah). In order to stand for election you must be a member of the Trust in the constituency for which you wish to be elected, and the positions that will be forming our election include: 


Service User Governor

  • Brighton & Hove (1 vacancy)
  • East Sussex (2 vacancies)
  • West Sussex (2 vacancies)

Public Governor

  • Brighton & Hove (1 vacancy)
  • East Sussex (1 vacancy)
  • Kent & Hampshire - Outside of Sussex (1 vacancy)
  • West Sussex (2 vacancies)
Staff Governor (3 vacancies)

Those who are successfully elected must attend an induction day on Wednesday 13 September 2017 in Hove, and will also be expected to attend a core skill workshop delivered by NHS Providers in London on Tuesday 21 November 2017. 

Want to know more?

Download our 'Thinking about becoming a Governor?' information booklet here; or why not come to a Council of Governors or Board of Directors meeting? This will give you the chance to familarise yourself and experience how our formal meetings run; you will also have the chance to meet fellow governors and members of our board. 

The next Council of Governors meeting is taking place on 17 July 2017 and we also have a Board of Directors meeting on 24 May 2017. To register you attendance in advance please email alternatively just feel free to come along on the day, full details are here

More information about the election process will be available very soon. In the meantime please contact Natalie Hennings, Corporate Governance Manager, on or 0300 304 2066. 

Other useful documents:

What is the role of a Governor
Sussex Partnership’s Constitution
NHS Providers
Council of Governors Meeting papers