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.

What they do

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

Members of the public, patients, service users and carers, and staff are all encouraged to liaise 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 appropriate. The information you provide about 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 external
  • 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 throughout the year in public. Dates and venues for future 2019 meetings are:

  • Thursday 7 March 2019, 10.00am -13.00pm, Portland Room, Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, NN15 6PB
  • Thursday 16 May 2019, 10.00am - 13.00pm, Northampton venue
  • Thursday 18 July 2019, 13.30pm - 16.30pm, Portland Room, Kettering Conference Centre
  • Thursday 19 September 2019, 13.00pm - 16.00pm, Franklin's Garden, Northampton Saint's Rugby Ground
  • Thursday 21 November 2019, 10.00am - 13.00pm, Kettering venue
  • Thursday 23 January 2020, 10.00am - 13.00pm, Northampton venue
  • Thursday 12 March 10.00am - 13.00pm, Kettering venue

Papers for the meetings are available in the document section below.

Meet our Governors

Public Governors

Kettering & Corby - Richard Dobson | Chris Davison | Paul Joy

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

Northampton - Vacant | Des Savage | Saher Anwar

Wellingborough & East Northants - Janet Hathaway | John Walker | David Robinson

Rest of England   -  Colin Cohen

Patient Governors

Younger Service Users -   Bradley Devlin

Adult Service Users -  Tremaine Richard-Noel | Tony Locock | Alan Clark | Jane Petch | Kevin Boyce | Vacant

Older Service Users - Margaret Horne

Carers Governors

Vacant | Vacant | Sandra Bemrose | Vacant

Staff Governors

Doctors & Dentists - Shahid Hussain

Registered Nurses - Cazz Broxton

Unregistered Nurses - Stuart Fitzgerald

Other Clinical -  Kirsty Harris

Non Clinical - Samantha Benfield

Partner Governors

Northamptonshire County Council - Councillor Christina Smith-Haynes 

Borough & District Councils - Councillor Rosemary Herring

The University of Northampton - John Turnbull

Criminal Justice Services - Vacant 

Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council - Martin Sawyer

Older People - Age UK Northamptonshire - Sue Watts

Becoming a governor

Please contact us on 01536 452257 if you would like to discuss becoming a Governor. More information about what is involved in being a Governor is available here:  Governor information booklet[pdf] 617KB


Governor elections

There are no current elections taking place at the moment.

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


Notice of Election June 2017[pdf] 73KB

Statement of Candidates - 210717[pdf] 77KB


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