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Hospital governor elections

03 May 2013


Southend University Hospital is holding an election for five public governor posts. There are three vacancies for the Southend-on-Sea constituency and two vacancies for the Castle Point constituency.

All eligible trust members should aim to vote for their chosen candidate, as it's their chance to nominate a local spokesperson who will represent them on all hospital matters.

Governors are an essential part of the NHS foundation trust structure. They are the elected and appointed representatives of staff, patients and local stakeholders who bring a lay perspective to the governance of the trust.

The council of governors must hold the board of directors to account; represent the interests of trust members and the public and appoint and remove the chair of governors and non-executive directors.

Currently the hospital has 41 governors in total across Essex who comprises public, patient, carer, worker and partnership governors. The elected governors each serve a maximum of two terms of three years before taking a break. The Trust has had a council of governors in place since it became a foundation trust in 2006.

The Southend-on-Sea candidates are; Lawrence Collin, Tony Dunn, Nigel John Folkard, Nirmal Gupta, Frank A Haysom, Jackie Jackson-Smith, Trevor Johnson and Ron Kennedy. The Castle Point candidates are; Elaine Blatchford, Joseph Cooke and Abi Kerr.

Ballot papers will be distributed to the hospital's foundation trust members from early next week. Completed papers must be sent to Electoral reform Services Ltd, The Election Centre, 33 Clarence Road, London, N8 0NW to arrive by Friday, May 31 2013.