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Our Council of Governors represents the interests of staff, patients, public, service users and carers, as well as other local organisations in the running of our Foundation Trust. The Council is largely made up of representatives covering all the districts and boroughs of the county. The Board of Governors meets regularly to discuss and review the Trust’s plans. Contact the Foundation Trust Office if you would like to know more about becoming a Governor.

Governors induction group photo

What they do

The Council of Governors is a very important forum that helps shape the future direction of the Trust. 

Members of the public, patients, service users, carers, and staff are all encouraged to get in touch with our Governors to improve the way we work and deliver services. You can contact any of our Governors via our Foundation Trust office. You can be confident that our Governors will always treat what you tell them sensitively and confidentially when needed. Your experiences, views and suggestions can really help the Trust to make services better for everyone. The Council of Governors meets regularly to discuss and review the Trust’s plans. Other roles and responsibilities for the Council of Governors are: 

  • Representing members’ views to the Trust’s board of directors
  • Sharing information about key decisions with members of the Trust
  • Appointing or removing the chair and non-executive directors
  • Being involved in recruitment of the chief executive
  • Appointing the Trust’s auditors
  • Providing advice on the future strategic plans of the Trust
  • Receiving the annual report and accounts at the annual general meeting.

Council of Governors meetings

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we put quality and safety at the foundation of everything we do.  This is why we are currently holding our Council of Governors meetings virtually.  For our forthcoming meetings, we have put in place a live event which will enable our members to watch and to ask questions.

Listed below are the dates for our future Council of Governors meetings:

  • Thursday 22 August 2024, 10:30am to 1pm (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Monday 23 September 2024, 5:30pm to 7pm: AGM of CoG/Annual Public and Members meeting (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Thursday 10 October 2024, 3pm to 6pm (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Thursday 12 December 2024, 10:30am to 2pm: (via Microsoft Teams)
  • Thursday 6 February 2025, 3pm to 6pm: (via Microsoft Teams)

If you wish to ask a question or attend the Council of Governors meeting, please e-mail FoundationTrust@nhft.nhs.uk.

Recording of previous meetings are currently provided as a reference and are uploaded as soon as is feasibly and technically possible following the meeting.

The recording of our June 2024 Council of Governors meeting can be watched below:



Meet our Governors

Public Governors

Kettering & Corby - Simon Davey | Vacant

Simon Davey governor






Daventry & South Northants - Adam Webb | Marcella Daye  

Adam Webb governor         Marcella Day governor





Northampton - Rupal Shah | Pete Spink | John Wishart

Rupal Phil John






Wellingborough & East Northants - Ranjit Singh | Robyn Cutforth

Ranjit Singh governor






Rest of England - Michael Fanning

Michael Fanning governor






Patient and Carer Governors

Parent and Carer Governors - Atakan Ozkan | Pat Marshall | Carol Philips | Damon Boughen | Vacant | Vacant | Vacant | Vacant | Vacant 

Atakan Pat Carol Damon






Staff Governors

Richard Amponsah | Mike Boodhun | Anupama (Anu) Goonesekera | Sheila Begley | Heba Kadir

Richard Mike Anu Sheila Heba governors






Partner Governors

West Northamptonshire Council - Vacant

North Northamptonshire Council - Cllr Dorothy Maxwell

The University of Northampton - Claire Clinker

Claire Clinker





REACH Collaborative - Sharon Womersley

Sharon Womersley governor





Older People - Age UK Northamptonshire - Sue Watts

Sue Watts governor





Carer - Mark Major

Mark Major governor





Becoming a governor

Our next round of Governor elections will open in early 2022. Please check back here for more information about the seats that will be open for nomination.

Click here to find out more about becoming a Governor.

Please contact us on 03000 273981 if you would like to discuss becoming a Governor. More information about what is involved in being a Governor is available on the NHS Providers website. 


Governor elections

Please see below the outcomes from past elections.

October/November 2018

Notice of Poll - Oct/Nov 2018

Notice of Election

Statement of Nominated Candidates.

Uncontested Report November 2018

Previous elections include: 

Report of voting - April 2018

Notice of poll - April 2018 

Statement of Candidates March 2018

Uncontested report for March 2018 elections

February 2018

Notice of Election February 2018 

ERS website for February 2018 elections

June 2018

Notice of Election June 2017[pdf] 73KB

Statement of Candidates - 210717[pdf] 77KB

March 2018

Notice of Election - 080317[pdf] 354KB

Statement of Candidates - 080317[pdf] 190KB

Notice of poll March 2017[pdf] 237KB

Report on voting - 210417[pdf] 199KB

Uncontested report March 2017[pdf] 198KB

March 2019

Notice of Election February 2019

Notice of Poll March 2019

Report on voting - 170419

Uncontested report April 2019

March 2021

Notice of Poll March 2021

Uncontested report March 2021

Report on voting results April 2021

August 2021

Uncontested report August 2021

September 2021

Notice of Poll September 2021

Report of Voting September 2021

July 2023

COG 13.07.2023 Public Agenda Final

COG 13.07.23 Governors DOI log.

COG 13.07.2023 Public Draft Minutes 11.05.23

CoG 13.07.23 Action Log

COG Director of Corporate Governance report

CoG 13.07.2023 Chair's Report to the Board of Directors

CoG 13.07.2023 CEO REPORT