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Your Governors

Public and Staff Governors are elected to serve as a representative of their constituency usually for three years. There are 13 Public Governors and three Staff Governors on Council.

They are joined by three Partner Governors who are appointment by their organisations and represent the six local authorities, the Kent Universities and Volunteers who work with the Trust.

Who are your governors and what do they do? 

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


E-mail: foundationtrust@nhs.net or call 01233 651954 

Governor Elections

Elections for vacancies arising at the end of February 2021 commenced in October with an invitation for members to nominate themselves to stand.  This stage completed in November and the Statement of Persons Nominated can be found here.

In two constituencies there was only one candidate nominated and they have therefore been elected to the position unopposed.

Dover: Bernie Mayall, 2nd term. Declaration

Rest of England & Wales: Chris Pink, 1st term Declaration

As the NHS is now at level 4 with respect to the pandemic, with resources focussed on operational matters, the Trust has taken the decision to suspend the current election process until the New Year.  Voting will  commence on 14 January 2021.  Full timetable here and Notice of Poll here.

There are now two vacancies in the Canterbury Constituency following a resignation after the election process commenced, the next placed candidate willing to take office will do so.  

The governors elected to all these vacancies  will take their place on Council on the 1 March as planned.

Annual Member's Meeting

The meeting took place on Thursday 15 October 2020 in a virtual environment.  Presentations were given by The Trust Chair, Stephen Smith, CEO, Susan Acott, Director of Finance and Performance, Phil Cave, and the Deputy Lead Governor, Jane Martin.  There was time for questions at the end of the meeting, which was well attended.


Due to the ongoing  Covid-19 pandemic we have decided to stop all volunteer recruitment. Please check back regularly for further updates.

We value the involvement of local people as volunteers in activities that enhance the quality of life for our patients, visitors, carers, and also support the staff in delivery high quality health care.

Volunteers are involved in many areas of our services, such as meeting and greeting, assisting our staff with administration, directing patients around the hospital to name just a few.

The range of opportunities continually changes so we are sure to find you something you will enjoy.