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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 616806. 

Governor Election Results

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. Declaration

Rest of England & Wales: Chris Pink Declaration

Voting in the elections was delayed until January 2021 due to the pandemic, and closed on 8 March 2021.  The following members were elected to the Council of Governors.

Canterbury: Alex Lister and Alex Ricketts  Notice

Folkestone & Hythe: Carl Plummer  Notice

Swale: Ken Rogers and Ross Britton  Notice

Ashford: John Fletcher (unopposed)  Notice

Staff Governor Elections

Elections for two Staff Governor vacancies commenced on 8 February when staff members were asked to self nominate.   Notice of Poll here.

James Casha and Sophie Pettifer were elected to the two vacancies.  Declaration of Result here.

Public Governor Election

The election for the Public Governor vacancy in the Dover constituency has now commenced: Notice of Election here.  Paul Verrill has been elected unopposed to the vacancy.  Declaration of Result here.


East Kent Hospitals needs you

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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 delivering high-quality health care.

After a very challenging 18 months, the East Kent volunteers recruitment service has now resumed. Due to ongoing safety protocols, some of the volunteers roles have changed and there will be a variety of new roles, for example, a new meet and greet service across all our hospitals. We are also planning to increase our volunteer gardening teams at Canterbury, Margate and Ashford. If you are over 18 years of age and have a little time to spare in your local area we would love to hear from you.

Please complete the online application form in the first instance. The volunteer team will be in contact with you to discuss a telephone interview, DBS check and induction.

If you have any questions relating the volunteer service please email ekh-tr.volunteers@nhs.net

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