Two members of staff


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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Public and Members' Meeting (APMM): this will be held on Wednesday 23 September at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

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

The Council of Governors meet regularly in public. Dates and venues for future 2020 and 2021 meetings are:

  • Thursday 12 November 10.00am - 14.00pm, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 14 January 13.00pm - 17.00pm, Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 11 March 10.00am - 14.00pm, Microsoft Teams

As an NHS Foundation Trust, we take our accountability to local people seriously.  We also place quality and safety at the foundation of everything we do.  This is why in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in line with national guidance from NHS England/Improvement in March 2020, we decided for our Council of Governors meetings to be undertaken virtually.  For our forthcoming meeting in September 2020, we are pleased to report that we have put in place a live event which will enable our members to observe and to pose questions.

If you wish to pose a question or attend the Council of Governors meeting, please e-mail by 17:00 on Tuesday 8 September 2020.

Please do take the opportunity to review the agenda and papers for our forthcoming Council meeting on 10 September, which are now available below.

The recording of our July 2020 Council of Governors meeting can be watched below.

Meet our Governors

Public Governors

Kettering & Corby - Zoe Martin | Chris Davison | Paul Joy

Daventry & South Northants - Michael Darling  | Carol Philips | Gary Telford 

Northampton - Helen Clark | Des Savage | Saher Anwar

Wellingborough & East Northants - Janet Hathaway | John Walker | Ranjit Singh

Rest of England   -  Colin Cohen

Patient Governors

Younger Service Users -   Chelsey Raine

Adult Service Users -  Tremaine Richard-Noel | Alan Clark | Kevin Boyce | Beverley Sturdgess | Neil Goosey | Vacant

Carers Governors

Paul Kelly | Scott Fitzsimmons | Fiona Judge

Staff Governors

Doctors & Dentists - Shahid Hussain

Registered Nurses - Cazz Broxton

Unregistered Nurses - Vacant

Other Clinical -  Manda Mellors

Non Clinical - Samantha Benfield

Partner Governors

Northamptonshire County Council - Christina Smith-Haynes 

Borough & District Councils - Councillor Rosemary Herring

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

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

Nominations for Governor elections closed on Thursday 27th February 2020 please see here for a statement of candidates.


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