It’s election time again!

Two people at AMM 2009 - photoshopped

Don’t panic – it’s not another General Election but time to find some new blood for the trust’s Council of Governors.

A total of 11 seats will be contested to sit on the Council of Governors, which is made up of 47 governors: 12 public governors (four each for Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich boroughs), 12 service user/carer governors, 17 appointed governors and six staff governors.

Public, staff and service user/carer governors are elected by members of their own constituency using the single transferable vote system. For appointed governors: our partner organisations, as defined in our constitution, were asked to nominate a representative. Appointed governors are appointed for a term of three years.

The Council of Governors is chaired by trust Chairman, Dave Mellish with Rosie Shrimpton as Vice Chair. They meet four times a year and the meetings are open to the public. The Board of Directors and Council of Governors work closely together. The governors agree the strategic direction of the trust and its services and represent the views of the trust’s members.

Vice Chair Rosie Shrimpton is a tireless campaigner for the trust. She said that poor mental health can happen to anyone and that it is important to have keen and enthusiastic governors. She went on: “I am a public governor of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust  – voted for by our members in the Bromley area. I signed up as a member when Oxleas became a foundation trust and then decided to stand as a governor in the elections. The reason was because I felt it was important to make sure that the high standard of care provided by Oxleas was maintained. By being a governor, I can help ensure that members are provided with the services they need and ask for.

“As a foundation trust, Oxleas has more control on how the trust develops and can put more of its efforts into focusing on local needs and involving local people. A very important way to do this is by asking local people to become members of the trust and having a Council of Governors. Governors are drawn from all sections of the community and act as a voice for our members within the trust. "

In this year’s round of elections one staff governor in the constituency of Child and Adolescent Mental Health is required. Five new public governors will be elected: two in Bexley and Greenwich respectively and one in Bromley. Five new service user/carer governors are also being sought.

If you are interested in standing for election contact the Returning Officer using the details below and request a nomination form which should be returned by noon on Monday 5 July 2010.

Electoral Reform Services Limited, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. Tel: 020 8889 9203 or email: caroline.hinchcliffe@electoralreform.co.uk

Faxed or emailed nominations will not be accepted. Ballot papers will be distributed to qualifying Members on Tuesday 27 July 2010.  Completed ballot papers must be received by the Independent Scrutineer by noon on Thursday 19 August 2010.

Published on 4th June 2010