Reflections of a governor

by Martin Lewis (Public Governor)—I was elected to the Chelsea and Westminster Council of Governors in 2007 and have since been re-elected twice—in 2010 and 2013. In the early days we were called the members of the Members Council and, subsequently, we changed it to Council of Governors.

Martin-John-Lewis2.jpgMartin Lewis, Public Governor

I was elected to the Chelsea and Westminster Council of Governors in 2007 and have since been re-elected twice—in 2010 and 2013.

In the early days we were called the members of the Members Council and, subsequently, we changed it to Council of Governors.

It took us some time to develop to where we are now as a Council representing the Trust membership.

The governors act as a critical friend to the Trust and indeed are now very active within the Trust representing our patients, communities and staff.

We also represent a membership which is shortly to grow by another 1,500 with the amalgamation of West Middlesex University Hospital.

Governors meet four to five times a year in between those times we have two main committees:

  • Governors Quality sub committee
  • Membership committee

Governors are also involved in:

  • End of life care
  • Estates
  • A&E development
  • Meet a Governor sessions
  • PLACE
  • Medicine for Members
  • Agenda committee
  • Ward visits
  • Occasionally interviewing senior staff
  • Agreeing the appointment of the Chief Executive and Chairman
  • Amalgamation with West Mid
  • Meeting with Non-Executives

Since the early days of the Council, we have developed into a very well structured group who work closely together to champion patients’ and member’s interests. 

Over this time we have also built up strong and healthy relations with managers and staff throughout the Trust. 

We are now moving into a new and exciting period which I am sure will benefit our patients and, of course our staff and will shortly be holding elections to elect new governors to represent our West Mid members.

It’s been a great privilege to serve as governor. Next year is my 9th and last year as a governor and will my 50th year of involvement in healthcare—a fitting end to my career.

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