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.


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 place quality and safety at the base 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 11th November 2021, 10.00am to 12.00noon
  • Thursday 13th January 2022, 10.00am to 12.00noon
  • Thursday 17th March 2022, 10.00am to 12.00noon

If you wish to pose a question or attend the 11th November 2021 Council of Governors meeting, please e-mail by 17:00 on Tuesday 9th November 2021.

The recording of our September 2021 Council of Governors meeting can be watched below:



To catch up on previous meetings please click here

Meet our Governors

Public Governors

Kettering & Corby - Zoe Martin | Chris Davison | Dominic Turk

Daventry & South Northants - Carol Philips | Rebecca Breese | Aimee Fish 

Northampton - Helen Clark | David N. Jones | Lynda Cox

Wellingborough & East Northants - Vacant | Ranjit Singh | Sue Large

Rest of England   -  Al Richards

Patient Governors

Younger Service User -   Chelsey Raine

Adult Service Users -  Alec McPhedran | Beverley Sturdgess | Neil Goosey | Sam Bailey | Lloyd Cox | Susan Bruce | Vacant

Carer Governors

Paul Kelly | Pat Edkins | Fiona Judge

Staff Governors

Doctors & Dentists – Krishna Yathiraj

Registered Nurses – Tracy La Penna

Unregistered Nurses - Lyndsey Groves

Other Clinical -  Joanne Dalrymple-Smith

Non Clinical – Evie Underwood

Partner Governors

West Northamptonshire Council - Vacant

North Northamptonshire Council - Vacant

The University of Northampton - Roshni Khatri

Criminal Justice Services, Youth - Liz Fowler

Criminal Justice Services, Adult - Vacant

Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council - Wendi Buchanan

Older People - Age UK Northamptonshire - Sue Watts

Carer - Mark Major

Becoming a governor

During August 2021 we will be looking for new Governors to fill seats in our Council of Governors. The available seats are:

  • Public - Kettering and Corby
  • Public - Rest of England
  • Service user - Adult
  • NHFT Staff - Other Clinical

Click here to find out more about the Governor elections for these seats.

Please contact us on 01536 452061 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

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