Our Council of Governors is the voice of local people and is responsible for helping to set the direction and shape the future of the hospital based on members’ views. Interested in becoming a governor? The Council of Governors is made up of people who have joined as members of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and have been elected to stand on the council of governors by their fellow members. There are 17 patient and public governor seats on the council. There are five staff governors’ seats which are elected by staff and cover all staff groups at the hospital. There are seven governors’ seats which are nominated from partner organisations such as Barnsley Council, Barnsley College, NHS Barnsley and Voluntary Action Barnsley. Meet the Governors Whilst the Trust is managed by the Board of Directors, the Board is accountable to the Council of Governors. The Council of Governors regularly meet to discuss business and performance of the trust. What does a Governor do? As a governor, you can give as much or as little time as you can spare. You can also support a range of activities across the hospital including: Having a say in the hospital’s future plans Representing patients, staff and public Improving access and patient communications Providing consultation and involvement Focusing on environmental issues and hospital resources >Encouraging more people to become Trust members Appointing the Trust’s external auditors Appointing non-executive directors Want to know more? Contact the Governors’ office on 01226 431818 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.