About the council

(Photo: Lead governor Simon Dyer with CEO Lesley Watts—taken pre-COVID-19)

The Council of Governors is the accountability forum between the Board of Directors and the Trust’s stakeholders. It represents local interests and holds non-executive directors to account as well as exercising its statutory powersas outlined in the roles and responsibilities section.  

The council is made up of 30 people plus the chair, who is also the chair of the Board of Directors. There are 14 elected public governors, 8 elected patient governors, 6 elected staff governors and 3 appointed governors.

Meet our governors:


Public constituency

Borough N° of governors 
City of Westminster  2
London Borough of Ealing 1
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham 2
London Borough of Hounslow 2
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames 2
London Borough of Wandsworth 2
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 2

Patient constituency 

 GroupN° of governors  
All patient groups 8

Staff constituency

Class N° of governors 
Support, administrative and clerical staff 1
Allied health professionals, scientific and technical staff 1
Contracted staff 1
Medical and dental staff 1
Nursing and midwifery staff 1
Management staff 1

Appointed governors 

Category N° of governors 
University/medical school 1
Local authorities 2

Governors and Foundation Trust members 

The Council of Governors represents the views of Foundation Trust members in helping to shape the way our services are delivered.

Governors who sit on the membership and engagement subcommittee are responsible for reviewing the Membership Engagement and Development Strategy to ensure that our membership represents the communities we serve and that we represent their views through effective engagement programmes. 

Our corporate governance office provides reports on membership numbers and demographics, including age ranges and ethnicity.

Listening to our members

The Trust is committed to supporting communication between Foundation Trust members and governors—this is facilitated by the corporate governance office. Any member can get in touch to share their views with any governor.

Governors use a variety of ways to communicate with members, including email, the Trust website and quarterly newsletters. They may also invite members to constituency meetings. As we move out of the pandemic, our governors will continue to engage with members virtually and face-to-face.


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