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
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
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.