Governor Election 2019

Voting Opens on Friday 28 June

The ballot for voting opens on Friday 28th June 2019, and our Statement of Nominated Candidates lets you know who is standing. 

As part of the election we have the following governor vacancies available:  

  • Service User, Brighton and Hove – 1 position
  • Service User, East Sussex – 2 positions
  • Public, Brighton and Hove – 1 position
  • Public, East Sussex – 2 positions
  • Public, West Sussex – 2 position 
  • Public, Outside of Sussex – 1 position
  • Carer – 3 positions 
  • Staff – 2 positions

Our dedicated Election Website provides all the information you need. The election process is being run by the Electoral Reform Service so if you have any further questions you can contact them on telephone 020 8889 9203 or by email to

The deadline for completed nomination forms has now passed and the ballot for voting opens on Friday 28th June 2019, and our statement of nominated candidates lets you know who is standing. 

The Governor role is voluntary; governors are not paid a salary but are entitled to claim expenses incurred in connection with their duties such as travel to and from meetings, training days and conferences. 

A governor term runs for three years, and each governor can stand for a maximum of three terms (nine years in total). At the end of each term an election is held so members have the opportunity to vote for their preferred representative. 


If you stand and are successfully elected as a governor you will be required to attend an Induction Day being held on 1st August 2019, this day has been designed to welcome you to the Trust and explain in detail the governor role and responsibilities. 


Why governors are so important 

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust gives notice that it is 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:

    • Share with the Board and Council the views of the local people you represent. 
    • 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  
    • Ensure there is robust challenge about the strategic direction of the Trust, its vision and how it is performing. 
    • Actively engage with your constituents, seek out what they think about the services provided by Sussex Partnership and promote membership. 


Want to know more?

Our 'Thinking about becoming a Governor?' information booklet gives a good overview of the role and what will be required of you.

Why not come to a Council of Governors or Board of Directors meeting. This will give you the chance to experience how our formal meetings run; you will also have the chance to meet fellow governors and members of our board.

More information about governor elections process please contact Natalie Hennings, Corporate Governance Manager on email or by calling 07391 012421.   

You may find the following documents useful reading to learn more about the role: 

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