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Council of Governors

The Board of Directors works closely with the Council of Governors. They work to understand the views of Governors, and through them, the views of our members.

Public and Staff Governors are elected to represent their constituency. They usually serve for three years. There are 13 Public Governors and three Staff Governors on Council.

Members of our Foundation Trust choose the Public and Staff members on the Council. They serve for terms of office between two and three years.

Three Partner Governors also join our Council, appointed by their organisations. They represent the six local authorities, the Kent Universities and volunteers who work with the Trust.

What do your Governors do?

The Council of Governors have statutory duties, including:

  • appointing the Chairman and Non Executive Directors

  • ratifying the appointment of the Chief Executive. 

The Council of Governors also:

  • determines the payment of the Chairman and Non Executive Directors

  • determines the terms and conditions of the Chairman and Non Executive Directors

  • receives the Trust’s Annual report, accounts and auditor's report

  • appoints the Trust’s external auditor.

To find out who your Governors are, view our Council of Governors profiles.

Contact the Council of Governors

You can email us on Or send a letter to:

Membership Office
Chief Executive's Office
Kent and Canterbury Hospital,
Ethelbert Road,

Read our newsletter

Stay up to date with the February 2024 issue of our Council of Governors newsletter.